Sydney Local Health District (SLHD)
Prevention of central line-associated blood stream infection
(CLABSI) is a key objective for improvement of patient safety
and reduction of mortality, morbidity, hospital stay and costs.
We introduced a bundle of evidence-based interventions
into our Newborn Care Unit to reduce the number of CLABSI
in our vulnerable newborn patients. A coordinated program
was designed, and focused on training, education and audit
Results showed significantly reduced central line use and dwell
time, and sustained reduced CLABSI rates up to the most recent
available data. The project highlights the substantial impact on
clinical practice that can be made within one nursery, and that
this translated into significant reductions in CLABSI.