The Scrub Club Reducing CLABSI Through Evidence Based Practice

University Medical Center, Brackenridge (Austin, Texas)

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Project Topic

Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) Reduction

CSI Participants

Caroline Burger, RN, MSN, CNRN
Arianne Pichon, RN, BSN, CCRN
Luisa Silva, RN
Monica Wilson, RN, BSN, CCRN

Project Goal/Objective

  1. To decrease the rate of CLABSI in the ICU

Project Outcomes

  1. Reduced the CLABSI rate 57 percent
  2. Improved interdisciplinary ICU hand hygiene from 70 to 90 percent
  3. Improved self-reported nurse compliance with scrub the hub alcohol clave disinfection from 57 to 72 percent before Scrub Club, to 74 to 89 percent after Scrub Club
  4. Achieved a 95 percent compliance rate with CHG baths introduced and adopted as the ICU standard of care
  5. These outcomes resulted in a projected annual fiscal impact of 74,268.

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