New CLABSI toolkit from The Joint Commission
Monograph expands on best practices
The Joint Commission has released a new toolkit related to preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) designed to help healthcare organizations implement best practices.
Paired with a monograph published in 2012 on the subject, the organization says the most current guidance on practices, technology, tools and resources is at the fingertips of those trying to reduce their infection rate.
There are more than 23,000 CLABSI infections annually in the United States, costing more than $1 billion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The toolkit and monograph cover the types of central venous catheters used;
risk factors for CLABSI;
information on best practices and common barriers to them;
clinical practice guidelines;
prevention strategies, techniques, and technologies;
information on surveillance, benchmarking, and reporting;
economic impact of CLABSI.
The toolkit is available at http://www.jointcommission.org/Topics/Clabsi_toolkit.aspx and the monograph can be found at http://www.jointcommission.org/preventing_clabsi/.