A care bundle for management of central venous catheters
Mark Smith Registered Nurse Child (RNC)/Clinical Governance Nurse (CGN), Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Central venous catheters (CVCs) are an essential tool in paediatric intensive care, providing a means to monitor patient haemodynamics and to administer fluids, nutrition, blood products and medications. Because multiple factors contribute to the high risk of catheter related infection, a multi-strategy approach is required to prevent such infections. Using contemporary literature and clinical audit findings a ‘care bundle’ was created for use within the PICU at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. This care bundle groups together best practices in order to prevent catheter related bloodstream infection.
Nursing Children and Young People. 19, 4,39-44. doi: 10.7748/paed2007.05.19.4.39.c7792