Addressing the Dressing: Improving Vascular Access Dressing Disruption


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DESCRIPTION:
Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSI) are a significant cause of hospital morbidity and mortality.  A review of literature and Infusion Therapy Standards indicate that dressing changes due to disruption are associated with a significant risk of bloodstream infection.  A quality improvement project to decrease the number of premature dressing changes due to disruption was initiated and its results will be discussed. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Review the current guidelines and standards regarding vascular access dressing integrity
  • Discuss the evidence indicating the association between dressing disruption and bloodstream infection
  • Describe a successful intervention designed to improve dressing integrity on vascular access devices
TARGETED AUDIENCE:
Healthcare professionals involved in insertion, use, maintenance and monitoring of vascular catheters and those that face the challenge of preventing bloodstream infections.

PRESENTER:
Michelle M. DeVries, MPH, CIC 
Senior Infection Control Officer 
Methodist Hospitals, Indiana

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