Date of Award

Summer 8-6-2021

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Robin Kirschner, EdD, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, CNE

Second Advisor



CLABSI is known to be one of the many healthcare-associated infections that has led to an increase in health complications, length of hospital stays, and increased in healthcare cost. There is about 25000 bloodstream infection that occurs annually (Haddadin, Annamaraju, & Regunath, 2020). The PICOT question that guided this project was “How does limiting blood-draw from central venous catheter lines influence the rate of central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) post-implementation compared to rate of CLABSI pre-implementation after eight weeks?” CLABSI prevention bundles were already being used to guide healthcare providers in handling CVC access. There were 15 scholarly articles that supports the use of bundle programs in CVC access and addressing CLABSI. The reduction in handling and manipulation of the CVC access leads to lesser risks of infection. The intervention in this project is the reduction of the CVC access through the limiting of blood draws from central lines with rare exceptions. CVC is primarily used only for the administration of intravenous fluids, antibiotic, parenteral nutrition, and blood products. The intervention utilized a structured decision-making framework to follow during blood draws to avoid using the central line. The project resulted to a reduction of CLABSI rate from 7.9% pre-implementation rate to 0% post-implementation. The limiting of CVC access led to reduced CLABSI episode in the telemetry unit compared to the national average of 5.94%. The project has proven how the intervention implemented can be used in CLABSI prevention bundles to address healthcare associated infections.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice

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