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Scrubbing the hub of intravenous catheters with an alcohol wipe for 15 sec reduced neonatal sepsis
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Pediatrics, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Department of Pediatrics.
2015 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 104, no 3, p. 232-236Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate whether scrubbing the hub of intravenous catheters with an alcohol wipe for 15 sec could reduce the incidence of neonatal sepsis in a level-three neonatal intensive care unit.

Methods: We studied the incidence of neonatal sepsis caused by coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) for 16.5 months before the initiative was launched on May 15, 2012 and then for a further 8.5 months after it was introduced. The hub routine was applied to all intravenous catheters.

Results: During the control period before the initiative was launched, there were nine cases of CoNS sepsis compared with no cases after it was introduced, resulting in a decrease in sepsis incidence from 1.5% to 0% with a risk reduction of 1.5% (0.53-2.58%) (p = 0.06). In the preterm infant population, the incidence of sepsis decreased from 3.6% to 0% (1.1-6.0%) (p = 0.11).

Conclusion: Scrubbing the hub of intravenous catheters with an alcohol wipe for 15 sec seemed to be an efficient way of preventing sepsis caused by CoNS in newborn infants. However, the evidence for the benefits will remain weak until a large randomised trial has been completed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 104, no 3, p. 232-236
Keywords [en]
Coagulase-negative staphylococci, Infection, Intravenous catheters, Neonatal sepsis, Prevention
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Pediatrics
Research subject
Pediatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43932DOI: 10.1111/apa.12866ISI: 000350062400012PubMedID: 25399485Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84923181512OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43932DiVA, id: diva2:799205
Available from: 2015-03-30 Created: 2015-03-30 Last updated: 2018-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Aspects of neonatal septicaemia: prevention and complications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aspects of neonatal septicaemia: prevention and complications
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Study I was part of the Extremely Preterm Infants in Sweden Study (EXPRESS), a prospective national study including all infants born <27 weeks in Sweden in 2004-2007 that survived their first year of life (n=497). Neonatal sepsis was evaluated as a risk factor for neonatal morbidities. Definite sepsis was associated with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia and prolonged hospital stay, but not with a higher risk of retinopathy of prematurity or intraventricular haemorrhage.

Study II was a non-randomized single-centre intervention study evaluating possible preventive effects on coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) sepsis when the scrub the hub method was used. During the intervention period, the incidence of CoNS sepsis decreased from 1.5% to 0% (CI: 0.53-2.58%, p=0.06).

Study III was an in-vitro study evaluating leakage of isopropanol (IPA) and ethanol when alcohol caps and scrub the hub were used to disinfect hubs. Alcohol leakage was measured using gas chromatography. IPA was detected in all samples from cap circuits, and mean leakage increased over time. Ethanol levels were low, and scrub the hub therefore seems safe to use.

Study IV was a survey study evaluating reported hygiene routines from Swedish neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) included in the EXPRESS study. Routines were compared between the EXPRESS period (2004- 2007) and 2013. Improvements were seen regarding basic hygiene routines, routines for work clothing, and follow-up of compliance. Antibiotic prophylaxis decreased while fungal prophylaxis increased, but the empiric treatment of suspected late-onset sepsis (LOS) showed heterogeneity.

Study V investigated the association between incidence in LOS in the EXPRESS cohort and the hygiene routines previously evaluated in Study IV. Strict catheter routines, blood culture routines, and non-use of antibiotic prophylaxis were associated with decreased sepsis risk.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2018. p. 90
Series
Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 186
Keywords
Neonatal sepsis, prevention, coagulase-negative staphylococci, nosocomial, hygiene, neonatal morbidity, alcohol toxicity
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General Practice
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-68986 (URN)978-91-7529-265-6 (ISBN)
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2018-11-16, Örebro universitet, Campus USÖ, hörsal C2, Södra Grev Rosengatan 32, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2018-09-20 Created: 2018-09-20 Last updated: 2018-10-19Bibliographically approved

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