Walk the Walk to Reduce Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections

Carol Hatler, PhD, RN; Joan Hebden, MS, RN, CIC; Wendy Kaler, MPH, CLS, CIC; and Jeanne Zack, PhD, RN, CIC



Although Central Venous Catheters (CVCs) are indispensable in critical care, they’re linked to serious infections that can lead to illness and death. CVC insertion disrupts skin integrity, greatly raising the patient’s risk of infection by bacteria, fungi, or both. Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs) can result in hemodynamic changes and organ dysfunction associated with severe sepsis and death. Using evidence-based practices, nurses can help prevent deadly infections linked to central venous catheters.

Purpose/Goal: To educate nurses about evidence-based practices that reduce the incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections.


1. Identify evidence-based nursing practices related to the prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections.
2. Discuss strategies for implementing these practices.
3. Describe methods to enhance compliance with these practices.


Carol Hatler, Phd, RN, is the Director of Nursing Research at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Joan Hebden, MSN, RN, CIC, is the Director of Infection Control at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Wendy Kaler, MPH, CLS, CIC, is the Manager of Infection Control at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, California. Jeanne Zack, PhD, RN, CIC, is the Infection Prevention and Control Manager at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The authors of this CNE activity have disclosed that they are paid speakers for CareFusion Corp.,(formerly Cardinal Health). A peer review of the activity was carried out for freedom from bias due to conflict of interest.

Contact Hours: 2

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012


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