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CDC says Heparin Syringes may have caused bloodstream infection outbreak

From PSQH Magazine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 14 cases of bloodstream infections in children that may be linked to syringes of heparin and saline made by Becton Dickinson and Co., Reuters reported. The cases were caused by the same strain of the Serratia marcescens bacterium.

The infections occurred in seriously ill children who received intravenous medications through a catheter or central line in Tennessee, Colorado, Minnesota, and Ohio. No deaths have been associated with the infections and the number of cases is dwindling, the CDC said.

Health officials started testing the Becton Dickinson products after discovering the syringes had been used to treat several of the infected children. Saline or heparin are often used to flush central lines to keep them clear.

Reuters reported that so far, none of the Becton Dickinson products have tested positive for the bacterium. In April, Becton Dickinson recalled 949 lots of its BD PosiFlush Pre-Filled Heparin Lock Flush Syringes and Pre-Filled Normal Saline saline flush syringes sold between February and December 2017.

All of the recalled products were made at Becton Dickinson’s facility in Franklin, Wisconsin.

Lead the charge for change and innovation

As leaders in healthcare organizations, it is often a nurse manager’s responsibility to be a driver of change. And while effective leaders work hard to help release creative energy within their facilities, staff must understand what is valued in order to support this.

When attempting to create an environment that enhances change and supports innovation, consider the following questions:

  • Is there consistency in beliefs and assumptions among those who leave your facility?
  • Do staff members believe rewards are distributed equally?
  • Do management tempers frequently flare up?
  • Are management behaviors consistent, or do staff members always have to be alert for the decision of the moment?
  • Do you support innovation and change?
  • Is your approach consistent, or does it reflect the issue of the moment?

When trying to influence change it is also important to seek information and advice about best practices from outside your facility. If you are able to look objectively at yourself as a leader and at what you value, you will be more successful as a change agent.

What else should nurse managers consider when trying to create an environment that supports change?