In its latest offensive against central-line-associated bloodstream infections, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology has launched a new website that features best practices and educational resources for healthcare professionals.
APIC launches best-practices website
Central-line associated bloodstream infections are deadly, killing about 30,000 people in the U.S. each year, according to APIC. They're also preventable, as has been demonstrated in several recent initiatives. In spite of successful prevention programs that show the potential of culture change and tools such as checklists, many organizations still struggle with central-line infections, according to an APIC news release.
APIC created the website in cooperation with the Association for Vascular Access and the Infusion Nurses Society.
It includes instructional videos, surveillance tips, webinars and a 20-question quiz testing respondents' knowledge of proper central-line insertion techniques. The site will also soon feature an online community where infection preventionists can share stories and advice.
“The new online toolkit represents an important collaboration of leading experts and offers the definitive resources for CLABSI reduction in one convenient place,” said Russell Olmsted, president of APIC and an epidemiologist at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich. “We urge every infection preventionist to make the pledge to prevent CLABSIs and begin utilizing the resources presented on this site.”
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