St. Peter’s Hospital NICU Celebrates Two Years Without Central Line Infection
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St. Peter’s Hospital this month celebrated an important milestone, surpassing two years without a central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) in a patient.
CLABSIs are the most common type of hospital-acquired infection among infants in NICUs across the United States, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Such infections can become life-threatening or have a lasting negative effect on a newborn’s long-term development.
“By implementing evidence-based best practices, the NICU team has been able to attain and sustain exceptional outcomes for our hospital’s most vulnerable patients,” said Jennifer Ryan, MSN, RN, CIC, CEN, manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at St. Peter’s Hospital. “We applaud their efforts and congratulate them on this important achievement.”
The multidisciplinary team at the St. Peter’s Hospital NICU has been making a concerted effort to prevent CLABSIs, following recommendations from the voluntary New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s CLABSI Reduction Project. St. Peter’s Hospital NICU nurse Marybeth Dickinson, RN-NIC, coordinates the unit’s adoption of standardized central line care bundles and central line maintenance checklists.
This strategy focuses on minimizing the risk of infection by preventing contamination of the central line, which is a catheter or tube placed in a patient’s blood vessel, ending at or near the heart. A central line is used to draw blood or administer fluids or medications. The care bundles and checklists aim to decrease the amount of time a central line is used, and include protocols for real-time infection surveillance and communication among nurses, physicians, and caregivers.
Ryan said other units at St. Peter’s Hospital are making preparations to build off the NICU’s success and initiate the use of similar standardized central line care bundles and central line maintenance checklists.
The St. Peter’s Hospital NICU, a Level III facility, is staffed 24 hours a day with board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and registered nurses certified in neonatal nursing.
To learn more about the St. Peter’s Hospital NICU, click here.