CDC Guidelines and Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice: Defining the Difference

Recorded On: 05/07/2017

INS’ 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice provides the framework that guides clinical ­practice. The CDC bloodstream infection (BSI) guidelines were created to produce evidence-based recommendations to prevent ­catheter-related bloodstream infections. In this session, a panel of ­experts will compare and contrast the differences between the two sets of standards and guidelines.

Learning Objectives

After the session, attendees will be able to apply the 2016 Infusion Therapy ­Standards of Practice and the 2011 CDC BSI guidelines, and analyze the differences between  the two.

Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer, INS

Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN, has served as CEO of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) and Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation since 1997. She is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Infusion Nursing, the Core Curriculum for Infusion Nursing, and INS’ textbook, Infusion Nursing: An Evidence-Based Approach. In addition, Mary represented INS on the panel that revised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections in 2011. She speaks globally on topics such as the benefits of the specialty practice of infusion nursing, the development of standards of practice, and improving patient safety.

Mary Hagle, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Nurse Scientist

Mary Hagle, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, has more than 30 years of clinical experience and works a consultant for evidence-based practice, clinically focused research, and infusion therapy. She has primarily practiced as an oncology clinical nurse specialist and researcher in a variety of settings in the midwestern United States. Mary is currently is a research scientist at the Milwaukee VA medical center where she facilitates and conducts research, translates best evidence into practice, and supervises patient safety and post-doctoral fellows. Mary is a co-author of the Infusion Nurses Society’s Standards of Practice for Infusion Therapy, 2011 and 2016 editions. She is also an author of several book chapters on evidence-based practice and infusion therapy, as well as editor of the latest edition of Plumer’s Principles and Practice of Infusion Therapy.  


Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, NP-C, CRNI®, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, NP-C, CRNI®, CCRN, has extensive experience in the application of evidence-based guidelines relevant to infusion therapy practice. As a clinical nurse specialist, she is actively involved in infusion-related process improvement at the facility and statewide level, regarding topics such as CLABSI prevention, new graduate training, and smart pump drug library standardization. From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Nickel was a member, then chair/lead nurse-planner for INS’ National Council on Education. She was also a reviewer for both the 2011 and the 2016 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice.

Mark Rupp, MD


University of Nebraska Medical Center

CRNI® RUs: 4                                                                      
This entire program has been approved for 4 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.                                                                    
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2017 in Minneapolis, MN are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Contact Hours: 2                                                             
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2017 in Minneapolis, MN are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 8, 2020


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