Regarding the decrease in central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)

Regarding the decrease in central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) within the hospital setting, a majority of data that would prove to be beneficial would be conducted through quantitative research. When utilizing quantitative research, one focuses on numbers and data sets compared to qualitative research that is more verbalized, emotional data within the study of the human population. Within the practice issue selected, quantitative research would prove to be beneficial because one can collect data on the occurrences of CLABSIs with and without the use of an added intervention; in this case the integration of daily central line audits. When examining the occurrences of CLABSIs to those individuals who did not utilize the daily audits compared to those that did, I can see if my proposed intervention was effective in the decrease of CLABSIs throughout the hospital setting.

These quantitative research findings can shape and improve the issue of CLABSIs because if the integration of daily audits proves to be beneficial within the patient population, this can be a standardized practice change. Having daily audits completed by either administration, or within nurse to nurse handoff, this can prove to be very beneficial in the reduction of these infections. This integration would take time and effort from nurse educators and those involved in shared governance, but this integration, if proven effective throughout the quantitative research can help save lives and reduce infection rates.

One form of quantitative study that can be utilized within this proposed practice change would be the use of surveys. Although they will not show the effect of the daily audits on the occurrence of CLABSIs, it can provide information regarding the nurse and administrative points of view on the intervention. The survey can provide information such as if the nurses believe this intervention and integration of a practice change can be plausible and done daily either during nurse to nurse hand off or at a designated time during their shift. These surveys can also allow the researchers to tailor the audits based on how the nurses, in this case the people who would be performing the daily audits after research is completed felt about the design and questions included in the proposed audits. These surveys can help researchers tailor the audits to better the patient population, and allow for these to be completed daily, to decrease the occurrences of CLABSIs.

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