Using the knowledge translation framework to change practical care of central catheters in a Brazilian neonatal unit

  • Gabriela Ramos Ferreira Curan State University of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
  • Edilaine Giovanini Rossetto State University of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil
  • Thaíla Corrêa Castral Goias Federal University, Goiania, Brazil
Keywords: Catheter-related infections, Catheter-Related infections, infection control; neonatal intensive care units; quality of health care; preventive actions; evidence-based practice, Infection Control, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Quality of health care, Evidence-based Practice.


Introduction: The use of central catheters in intensive care is essential, but exposes the patient to the risk of a bloodstream infection. Although there is evidence to improve the care for these patients, there is a gap between knowledge and healthcare practices. This study was designed to describe the bundle implementation for central catheters in light of the knowledge translation (KT) conceptual framework in a neonatal unit and assess its impact on care practices with catheters.

Methodology: A time-series quasi-experimental study design was conducted in a Brazilian neonatal unit, through 289 non-participant observations of professional practices before and after the implementation of the bundles.

Results: The deployment of two bundles was guided through the steps of a careful selection of adopting KT evidence and context-related and investment factors in the facilitation process. The implementation of the bundles was planned by a group manager, mediated by a facilitator, and guided by targets established by professionals. The biggest impact was on the maintenance of catheters; seven of eleven practices improved significantly (p < 0.01). The insertion of catheters showed lesser impact of change, with high adequacy ratios before implementation, but also presented satisfactory adherence to recommendations.

Conclusions: This is the first Brazilian study using the KT conceptual framework to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of central line bundles in a neonatal care environment, detailing the implementation process. It highlights the importance of accountability and staff involvement in all stages of the study.

Author Biographies

Gabriela Ramos Ferreira Curan, State University of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Nursing Department

Edilaine Giovanini Rossetto, State University of Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Associate professor of Nursing Department at the State University of Londrina

Thaíla Corrêa Castral, Goias Federal University, Goiania, Brazil

I Adjunct Professor of Nursing School of the Federal University of Goiás

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