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US catheter infection reduction scheme to roll out across NHS


A successful US programme to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections is currently being rolled out in the NHS.

The scheme called Matching Michigan is said to rely heavily on “significant nursing leadership”.

The model uses data collection and checklists to lower infection rates.

Researchers have found that the scheme helps to reduce the median infection rate per 1,000 catheter-days in 103 US intensive care units from 2.7 to 0 after three months.

The authors said: “Discussing not only the technical components of the program, but also the nursing leadership aspects may assist nurses just embarking on this work.”



Readers' comments (2)

  • Kadiyali Srivatsa

    Its sad to read this now because I have been publishing articles since 1989, and tried hard to educate manufacturers to bring in changes to help us reduce infections.

    Doctors can only monitor catheters but simple cannula introduction, urinary catheters and intubation are the major contributors. Unfortunately doctors cannot monitor these procedures and so go un-noticed.

    Please check out some of my videos in you tube and educate your colleagues. Our mission is to alleviate pain and suffering and not inflict them.

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  • I hope you are not suggesting that other healthcare professionals who insert and care for indwelling medical devices are responsible for related infections.

    I am in Infection Prevention and Control and I can tell you that doctors are the worst offenders when it comes to hand hygiene, aseptic techniques, etc. and infection prevention and control in general.

    Anytime something goes wrong, they blame the poor nurses. Some doctors continue to obtain blood specimen and insert cannulas without gloves on even in the 21st century.

    I wish patients and visitors to healthcare institutions will have the courage and strength to challenge doctors on their infection prevention and control practices as they do so nowadays with nurses.

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