Do No Harm: Going Beyond the Guidelines to Eliminate CLABSI and CAUTI

Reducing the risk of CLABSI & CAUTI

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Kathleen Vollman help_outline
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant, USA
Lecture Summary

Do you feel like you have implemented all the evidence, but you're still not getting the expected results? You are not alone. CLABSI's and CAUTI's remain a significant contribution to patient harm and financial losses. The problem may call for a different approach. Quality implementation science tells us that substantial practice and process variation can lead to lower quality and higher cost. It makes sustainability almost impossible. The first step in this journey is a dissection of both physician and nursing practices and processes, then the application of laser target strategies. This session focuses on key practice areas where significant variation has been identified through a national frontline consultation experience. Innovative assessment techniques and evidence-based approaches are outlined to address both insertion and maintenance related central lines and indwelling urinary catheters. The challenge of incorporating new evidence into practice lies in altering routinized behaviour and current culture to support new care practices. Leave with a plan for your organizations breakthrough to achieve zero in CLABSI's and CAUTIs.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Analyze current practice and processes around CLABSI & CAUTI prevention using various assessment strategies
  • Compare and contrast evidence-based practice that can have significant variation, and outline strategies to sustain best practice
  • Develop a plan for organizational success towards the goal of zero CLABSI’s & CAUTI’s