About the Medical Center Campus:
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 695-bed, world-class teaching and research institution. A recognized leader and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest, Christ Medical Center offers a number of specialties, including cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgical services, women’s health services and emergency medicine.
About the Beneficiary:
Proceeds from this event will benefit our Nursing Research and Education Endowment which supports nursing research, evidence-based practice and education. This fund was established in 2011 through individual and group charitable gifts to provide a stable source of funding that allows the department to plan ahead—absolutely essential for multi-year research projects among other opportunities. The funds raised at this special event will help us continue to meet the financial challenges of conducting research and traveling to disseminate findings.
Several nursing research projects are underway that demonstrate our nurses’ passion to pursue excellence, including:
Diapering: a protocol that makes a difference
As part of our initiatives to improve patient outcomes related to central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in our pediatric critical care units, a new diapering protocol was implemented. This nurse-led protocol was developed to improve our process of diapering and storage of supplies with an outcome goal of reduced pediatric central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI). After implementing the new diapering protocol and dedicated storage of diapering supplies, there was a decrease of pediatric CLABSIs related to GI organisms by 60% when comparing 6 months pre and post protocol implementation.
Perceptions of Nurses Participating in Obstetrical Hemorrhage Simulation Training
Obstetrical hemorrhage is a common cause of maternal death in the United States. The objective of this study was to examine nurses’ perceptions of participating in obstetrical hemorrhage simulation training and their translation into practice. Nurses working in labor and delivery or family centered care participated in focus groups. Five main themes reflected the participant’s perceptions of the training: training viewed as valuable, multidimensional approach to training was beneficial, impact on practice, challenges to implementation, and recommendations to sustain learning. Participants described the translation of training as changing their practice including a systematic and organized response, actual practice change, informal teaching, improved teamwork, and improved patient safety.
A Standardized Approach for Nasogastric Tube Securement Improves Care in ICU
Skin breakdown from nasogastric (NG) tubes is often underreported and overlooked. A multidisciplinary team explored this PICO question: For our patients with NG tubes, does the implementation of a standardized method of taping these tubes compared to previous practice, result in less nasal skin breakdown? The team developed a standard protocol for NG taping, including a specific technique for cleaning and placing the tape on the nose and consistent replacement of tape every 72 hours. After monitoring this process for six months, we found only three patients out of 144 (2%) who developed either nasal breakdown or redness. Staff commitment to the process was a significant factor in the success of the initiative.