Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
This CNL project aims to reduce the number of laboratory identified Clostridium Difficile Infections (CDI) events by 20% by December 2015. This CNL projects focuses on reducing CDI in an 8 unit bed specifically designated for medically ill geriatric patients above 70 years old residing in the West Texas region. A majority of the geriatric patients living with multiple co-morbidities require maximum assistance with activities of daily living and medication management. The geriatric patients will be discharge to a skilled nurse facility, long-term acute care, rehabilitation, independent living, or home with home health. A variety of methods such as reinforcing the chain of infection through proper hand hygiene and posters, and educating staff and patients about proper hand hygiene are substantial methods that has shown to reduce the number of CDI. Throughout the entire organization, the most recent reports identified a total of 68 CDI. Initially this CNL project began late August 2015 to early September 2015, and prior to implementing this CNL project, a total of 5 CDI has been identified for the unit. Since implementing this CNL project in October 2015, the number of CDI has reduced. This CNL project focuses on reducing preventable cost, eliminating hospital stays related to CDI, and increasing patient safety.
Zafra, Norabel V., "Reducing Clostridium Difficile" (2015). Master's Projects. 229.