APSIC Releases Guide for Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections


Ling et al. (2016) provide an executive summary of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) Guide for Prevention of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI). It describes key evidence-based care components of the central line insertion and maintenance bundles and its implementation using the quality improvement methodology, namely the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) methodology involving multidisciplinary process and stakeholders. Monitoring of improvement over time with timely feedback to stakeholders is a key component to ensure the success of implementing best practices. A surveillance program is recommended to monitor outcomes and adherence to evidence-based central line insertion and maintenance practices (compliance rate) and identify quality improvement opportunities and strategically targeting interventions for the reduction of CLABSI.

Reference: Ling ML  Apisarnthanarak A and Jaggi N, et al. APSIC Guide for Prevention of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI). Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control.2016;5:16

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