Evaluating a Nursing-Driven Intervention to Reduce Bloodstream Infections

Research briefs from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nursing Research Network identify specific ways nurses affect patient care quality and outcomes. Since 2005, the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program has supported interdisciplinary teams that involved nursing scholars and scholars from other disciplines in research projects—from the conceptual study design to the adoption in practice of new measures of standards of care.

This research brief refines, implements, and evaluates a nursing-driven intervention to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).

Key Findings

  • Measured nineteen months after implementation, CLABSI rates were reduced by 81 percent or below 1/1,000 central line-days in the intervention group.

  • This study was conceived as a nurse-led program and demonstrated that nurses can effectively drive an interdisciplinary safety program in their units.

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