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Technology & Technique: Reducing CLABSI in the Era of Value-Based Purchasing

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To participate in this continuing education activity:

  1. Review the activity description and objectives.
  2. View the activity.
  3. Complete the online post-test and activity evaluation.

NOTE: If you attended the live Platinum Showcase continuing education activity titled "Technology & Technique: Reducing CLABSI in the Era of Value-Based Purchasing" that was held on September 28, 2015 during the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for Vascular Access in Grapevine, Texas AND received CE credit (i.e. a nurse CE certificate), you are NOT allowed to also receive CE credit for this home-study activity.

Activity Description

Central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is a costly and dangerous condition that causes billions of dollars in preventable healthcare costs in the U.S. annually. Because of this, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Value-Based Purchasing program is penalizing healthcare organizations who do not reduce the incidence of CLABSI in their facilities, while offering monetary rewards to the institutions that do. This activity presents the latest scientific research and vascular care protocols aimed at reducing or even eliminating CLABSI in hospitals, while also explaining current and upcoming changes in CMS reimbursement policy.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity is nurses. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define CMS Value-Based Purchasing
  • Describe the impact of CLABSI rates in Value-Based Purchasing
  • Discuss the link between catheter occlusion and CLABSI
  • Identify best practices for reducing the risk of CLABSI
  • Describe the design and function of specific vascular access products and their use with preventing CLABSI


Darcy Doellman, MSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC™
Clinical Manager, Vascular Access Team
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship with the manufacturer of any commercial product(s) discussed in an educational presentation. Darcy Doellman is a Consultant for Teleflex Medical (Arrow® International brands), and a Speaker for Genentech and Hospira, a Pfizer company. A portion of grant funds received by ProCE from Hospira will be used to compensate the faculty for this presentation.

Please note: The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CME/CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include unlabeled indications. Use of drugs and devices outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 11-02-2015
Expiration Date: 11-02-2017


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. This activity provides 1.0 contact hour of nurse CE credit.

Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Hospira, a Pfizer company.


The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.

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