Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) are dangerous to patients and costly for hospitals. White Plains Hospital Center assembled an interdisciplinary team to research evidence-based practices and establish one standard of care to address this serious issue. The team developed a new disinfection procedure that includes disinfecting the catheter hub on peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) with an IV disinfection cap system. This adjustment to their process created a closed system which effectively closed off avenues for bacteria to infect a patient.
In the first six months after implementation of the new disinfection procedure, there was a 70% decrease in CLABSIs, which resulted in almost $300,000 in reduced hospital costs. The PICC infection rate has also declined as a result of these efforts.