Magnet® Hospital Recognition Linked to Lower Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates

In Research in Nursing and Health, Hilary Barnes and colleagues, including Matthew McHugh, investigate the relationship between Magnet status and hospital central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLASBI) rates. In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began to penalize hospitals for poor performance with respect to selected hospital-acquired conditions, including CLABSI. Magnet hospitals are recognized for their high quality of care and their supportive work environment for nurses. Barnes and colleagues find that Magnet hospital status was associated with lower CLABSI rates. While established programs such as Magnet recognition are consistently correlated with high-quality nursing work environments and positive patient outcomes, additional research is needed to determine whether Magnet designation produces positive patient outcomes or rewards existing excellence.