Controlling the chaos: Information management in home-infusion central-line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) surveillance

Susan M. Hannum, Opeyemi Oladapo-Shittu, Alejandra B. Salinas, Kimberly Weems, Jill Marsteller, Ayse P. Gurses, Ilya Shpitser, Eili Klein, Sara E. Cosgrove, Sara C. Keller

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Objectives: Access to patient information may affect how home-infusion surveillance staff identify central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). We characterized information hazards in home-infusion CLABSI surveillance and identified possible strategies to mitigate information hazards. Design: Qualitative study using semistructured interviews. Setting and participants: The study included 21 clinical staff members involved in CLABSI surveillance at 5 large home-infusion agencies covering 13 states and the District of Columbia. Methods: Interviews were conducted by 1 researcher. Transcripts were coded by 2 researchers; consensus was reached by discussion. Results: Data revealed the following barriers: information overload, information underload, information scatter, information conflict, and erroneous information. Respondents identified 5 strategies to mitigate information chaos: (1) engage information technology in developing reports; (2) develop streamlined processes for acquiring and sharing data among staff; (3) enable staff access to hospital electronic health records; (4) use a single, validated, home-infusion CLABSI surveillance definition; and (5) develop relationships between home-infusion surveillance staff and inpatient healthcare workers. Conclusions: Information chaos occurs in home-infusion CLABSI surveillance and may affect the development of accurate CLABSI rates in home-infusion therapy. Implementing strategies to minimize information chaos will enhance intra- and interteam collaborations in addition to improving patient-related outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere69
JournalAntimicrobial Stewardship and Healthcare Epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 11 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology


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