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.”
- Goeschel C. Nursing leadership at the crossroads: evidence-based practice ‘Matching Michigan-minimizing catheter related blood stream infections.Nursing in Critical Care (2011) 16: 36-43.