Date of Award

12-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

Sustained reduction of central line-associated bloodstream infections remains elusive in many institutions, including the long-term acute care hospital (LTACH), despite a focus on improving patient outcomes. A clinical practice survey was distributed electronically to nurses working in the LTACH setting. The survey provided for an anonymous assessment of knowledge related to policy/procedure, fidelity to practice as well as site-specific barriers to adherence to clinical practice guidelines. Results revealed opportunities for education related to clinical practice guidelines and basic central line-associated bloodstream infection strategies as well as perceived barriers to adherence to policy/procedure. Strategies aimed at mitigating gaps and barriers are essential for preventing infections in this medically complex population.

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Nursing Commons

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