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Pamela Clark
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Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Supervisor for Accredo, a leader in specialty pharmacy care. She has more than 28 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.


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Goal: Zero Catheter Related Blood Stream Infections

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

This instructional course has been designed to educate licensed nurses regarding the national efforts in effect to reduce the number of central venous access device related blood stream infections. The Joint Commission has addressed this issue in its 2010 National Patient Safety Goals by requiring education of all medical personnel who are involved in managing central lines, in both hospitals and long term care facilities. This education is expected to be completed upon hire, annually thereafter, and when involvement in these procedures is added to an individual’s job responsibilities.

State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy. A link to each state board of nursing is listed here. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify at least three negative effects of central line related bloodstream infections.
  2. Identify at least two methods by which central lines become colonized.
  3. Identify at least three strategies to reduce the risk of CRBSI at the time of catheter insertion.
  4. Recognize the proper time intervals and procedures for dressing change, injection port change, and site observation.
  5. State the recommended methods for obtaining blood cultures for CRBSI diagnosis.
  6. State the recommended methods for treating CRBSI.


Chapter 1
Scope of Problem
  • Morbidity / Mortality
  • Cost
  • Surveillance
Chapter 2
Catheter Insertion
  • Site Selection
  • Sterile Technique
  • Antimicrobial Impregnated Catheters 
Chapter 3
Catheter Site Maintenance
  •  Dressing
  •  Needleless Connector
  •  Observation
Chapter 4
Medication Administration
  •  Infusate
  •  Administration Set
  •  Flushing 
Chapter 5
Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Clinical Findings
  • Cultures
  • Treatment

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 30.00
Contact Hours: 2


After successful completion the licensed nurse: RN, LPN/LVN will receive 2.0 contact hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467 and by the Florida Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-314614.


This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.
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