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  On Demand  CE  The CDC Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) have updated intravascular catheter infection prevention guidelines in April of 2011. Every hospital, home health and outpatient setting should be aware of these new evidenced based guidelines and incorporate them into their policies and procedures as well as their training and education.

These guidelines were developed for healthcare personnel who insert intravascular catheters and staff responsible for surveillance, care and prevention of infections. These revised standards can assist in reducing and eliminating central line catheter associated infections.

Program Objectives:
  • Explain the CDC's new guidelines on intravascular catheters.
  • Discuss other interventions that can be taken to reduce central line associated infections in addition to the central line bundle.
  • Outline the May 20, 2011 CMS CoP hospital guideline that requires that evidence based guidelines be used in the mandatory education of staff in IV and IV medications.
Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD
  Sue Calloway has been a nurse attorney and medical-legal consultant for more than thirty years. She has presented numerous educational programs for nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals on topics such as patient safety, Joint Commission, CMS, and HIPAA issues. She is on the board for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation.

Sue has authored over 100 books and thousands of articles. Previously she has been a nursing professor, medical malpractice defense attorney, and director of health policy and risk management for eight years for the Ohio Hospital Association. Sue is also past VP of legal services, compliance officer and privacy officer for a community hospital. She is the author of the book on the 2009 Joint Commission Leadership Standards by HCPro.

Sue Dill Calloway has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
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