Care Bundles

A 'care bundle' is a collection of interventions that may be applied to the management of a particular condition. It is distinct in several ways from just any checklist about patients' care. The elements in a bundle are best practices based on evidence. In routine clinical practice, these elements may not always all be done in the same way, making patient care vary. A care bundle aims to tie them together into a cohesive unit that must be adhered to for every patient, every time. All the tasks are necessary and must all occur in a specified period and place.

These bundles have been adapted from bundles produced by Health Protection Scotland. We gratefully acknowledge their permission to use their documents.

The HSE PVC/CCV guidance was developed by HSE-AMRIC to help health services enhance the safety and quality of care by reducing healthcare associated infection and other adverse effects related to use of peripheral and central venous catheters. This guidance is based on the HPSC Guideline on Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infection in Ireland 2009 and updated in 2014.