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J Trauma Nurs. 2010 Jul-Sep;17(3):163-6. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0b013e3181fb38a6.

Multidisciplinary trauma intensive care unit checklist: impact on infection rates.

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Department of Surgery, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to implement a multidisciplinary daily quality checklist in a trauma intensive care setting to determine adherence to infection prevention protocols as well as the impact on infection and complications.

METHODS:

A multidisciplinary team developed a checklist incorporating evidence-based practice guidelines for the prevention of hospital-acquired infections. Infection rates were monitored and correlated with checklist completion.

RESULTS:

Central line, urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia decreased during the study period by 100%, 26%, and 82%, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

Initiation of a multidisciplinary daily quality checklist is correlated with decreased infection rates in a trauma intensive care setting.

PMID:
20838165
DOI:
10.1097/JTN.0b013e3181fb38a6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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