Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Elena Capella


Hospital-acquired infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (Ceballos, Waterman, Hulett, & Makic, 2013). It’s estimated that each neonatal bloodstream infection costs about $35,000 and adds about two weeks to a baby’s hospital stay (Akron's Children Hospital, 2015). This project was formulated to reduce the incidence of central line blood stream infections in the neonatal population. The setting used for this project was a 40 bed Level III Neonatal ICU. The methods executed include: conducting a root-cause analysis and formulating a unit survey. Kurt Lewin’s Three-Step Change Model was also used to complete each phase. Overall implementation consisted of staff education and emphasis on central line maintenance compliance.



Akron's Children Hospital. (2015). Reducing neonatal bloodstream infections: Leading the way in reducing neonatal bloodstream infections. Retrieved from

Ceballos, K., Waterman, K., Hulett, T., & Makic, M. B. (2013). Nurse-Driven Quality Improvement Interventions to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infection in the NICU. Advances in Neonatal Care, 13(3), 154-163. doi:10.1097/anc.0b013e318285fe70