Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reducing Central Line Infections

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center recently found that hospitals can use a set of basic precautions to reduce the number of dangerous central line infections in pediatric cancer patients.  Their new article, scheduled for publication next month in Pediatrics, encourages family members to serve as patient advocates when they witness noncompliance with the protocol.  The research team also suggests that an honest evaluation be conducted regarding each infection to determine cause.

A team of INQRI researchers at Johns Hopkins University conducted the first randomized-control trial to reduce central line associated blood stream infections among ICU patients. This study, conducted in ICUs in 12 states, has shown that substantial reductions in infections can be widely achieved and this project did so with nurses leading the infection control efforts. 

Click here to learn more about the pediatric study on

Click here for more information about the INQRI team at Johns Hopkins University.

1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting article. New advances can be made all the time to help reduce central line infections, and it is important for nurses to lead the way.