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  On Demand  CE  Advocacy = Safety: Strategies for Preventing CLA-BSI’s on your Watch

Educational Grant From Eloquest
Healthcare acquired infection (HAI), a preventable injury, is the fifth leading cause of the death in the United States. HAI’s are estimated to kill over 90,000 people per year while adding over five billion in excess cost to our healthcare system. As of October 2008, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services no longer reimburse hospitals for certain preventable injuries. Beginning January of this year (2011) mandatory national reporting of central line associated blood stream infections (CLA-BSI’s) is required. National quality and safety initiatives, as well as reimbursement strategies, are targeted to focus on fundamental nursing care practices to reduce medical error. This session will discuss key care strategies for reducing or eliminating CLA-BSI’s. Care practices alone are not enough to sustain change. The session will weave discussion of creating a culture where safety and teamwork are essential to sustain improvement. Be the change agent and bring the latest evidence to the bedside to ensure positive patient outcomes.
Program Objectives:
  • Identify risk factors for the development of central line associated blood stream infections.
  • Define key care practices based on the evidence that can reduce and sustain zero CLA-BSI's.
  • Discuss strategies to work on a safety culture as care practices are changed.
Kathleen M. Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN
  Kathleen is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant. Ms. Vollman has published & lectured throughout North & South America and overseas on a variety of pulmonary, critical care & professional nursing topics. She earned her nursing degree from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan and her Master's in Critical Care Nursing from California State University in Long Beach. From 1989 to 2003 she functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical Critical Care Area at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focused on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. In 2009, Kathleen was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses. In addition she designed & developed the Vollman Prone Positioner. Ms. Vollman is listed in Who's Who of American Inventors.

Ms. Vollman would like to disclose that she is a Consultant and on the Speaker's Bureau for Eloquest Healthcare, Hill-Rom, and Sage Products Inc. Ms. Vollman will present information fairly and without bias.
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