The added stress of staff shortages

The global nursing shortage1 shows no signs of abating and studies2 indicate that low staff levels play a role in a hospital's ability to prevent infection. A multi-modal approach3 to infection prevention on a ward can help improve staff efficiency and competency in vascular access procedures

Making the most of personnel resources

Medical professionals often suffer from the stress that comes with inadequate staffing numbers. This negatively impacts patient outcomes – and may result in a lack of time to focus on best standard practices for infection control4 and increase the risk5 for errors. The skill mix of staff may also play a role. A nurse's aide may not have the same expertise that a registered nurse does, and this variable skill mix can increase the incidence6 of HAIs.

However, patient care doesn’t have to suffer under changing staffing conditions. We can make the most of all personnel. For example, studies7 show that improving awareness and compliance of standardized protocols for vascular access procedures decreases infection rates. Monitoring can first help to identify when staff depart from best practices. With that knowledge, hospitals can reinforce comprehensive training of infection prevention across the board or initiate refresher courses.

Watch this video to get the facts about CLABSI (Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection) and gain insight into just how effective a holistic approach really is.

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Ute Endres, Specialist Nurse for Intensive Care and Anesthesia Nursing, Uniklinik Ulm, Germany
"We felt it during the Corona pandemic. All caregivers and nurses gave their best, but the staff shortages hurt. I really feel that to help train up new staff but also to bring the team together, it really makes a difference to have a training approach for infection prevention. When the team has that support – in the form of training, visual aids, and the right tools – they work better together, and they feel better in their own performance and safety."

Evidence-based solutions preventing CLABSI in vascular access procedures

There are many circumstances which make fighting infection a daily struggle. However, it doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Infection is preventable! There are scientifically established procedures that are proven to reduce CLABSI rates by up to 70%9.

Promoting standardized protocols is just one part of a multi-modal approach that can strengthen staff performance. Training in best practices, visual aids on the wards and in the rooms as well as the use of a pre-packed, sterile set of tools specifically chosen for a vascular access procedure have been shown to improve process compliance by 8% and hygienists report 35% fewer errors10.

Let us work together with you to tailor solutions to your medical establishment, bringing your tactics for infection prevention to a new level of effectiveness and safety.

5 Institute of Medicine. Keeping patients safe: transforming the work environment of nurses (prepublication copy). Washington: National Academies Press; 2004. p. 435
6Institute of Medicine. Keeping patients safe: transforming the work environment of nurses (prepublication copy). Washington: National Academies Press; 2004. p. 435