(Done paper) At my previous NICU job at Albany medical center there was a large push on decreasing the amount of central line infection rates.

(Done paper) At my previous NICU job at Albany medical center there was a large push on decreasing the amount of central line infection rates.

At my previous NICU job at Albany medical center there was a
large push on decreasing the amount of central line infection rates. At one
point the quality improvement program allowed Albany medical centers’ nicu to
have absolutely NO CENTRAL LINE infections I believe in the year 2012. Sense then
they have had one or two each year. One way they accomplished this was to try
to achieve full feeds in neonates as soon as possible so the central line would
be able to come out quicker. By reaching full enteral feeds faster results in
the earlier removal of a central catheter thus less chance of sepsis and other
central catheter related complications (Dutta, 2015)). It was the job of each
RN caring for the neonate to assess for the tolerance of each feeds so the team
would be able to advance the feeds adequately or not. You would not want to
miss an intolerance to feeds and then have a line pulled out just to have later
notice an infant isn’t tolerating and have the need to have a PICC line
replaced thus increasing their chance of an infection. By working together as a
team infants are able to remove their picc lines earlier and get the nutrition
they so desperately needed by enteral feeds.

Dutta, S. (2015). Guidelines for feeding Very
Low Birth Weight Infants. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4303848/

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