AHRQ study identifies 4 key practices in CLABSI prevention interventions

An analysis of case studies developed from an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's national project outlines four specific practices and "success factors" for reducing and eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections in healthcare facilities.

To find the best practices, researchers conducted comparative qualitative research at nine case study hospitals on the role of management practices in facilitating healthcare-associated infection prevention and reduction efforts.

The four high-performance work practices the study linked to successful CLABSI reduction are:

1. Engage staff. By engaging the staff, participating healthcare providers were able to increase employees' awareness of and commitment to achieving organizational goals, a critical component to CLABSI reduction efforts.

2. Acquire and develop talent. Organizations that focused on improving the quality of the workforce through recruitment, selection, and/or employee development tended to have better CLABSI outcomes.

3. Empower the frontline. By reducing status distinctions, ensuring employees' security in their positions and decentralizing decision-making to emphasize input from frontline caregivers, some organizations were able to enhance team communication and collaboration. That said, results varied.

4. Align leaders. Although none of the participating hospitals tied leadership incentive payments to the success of CLABSI-related goals, many implemented leader development, succession planning and performance-linked compensation initiatives to support organizational CLABSI reduction goals.

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