Kathleen Vollman is a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, and Consultant. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including pulmonary care, critical care, prevention of health-care-acquired injuries, work culture, and sepsis recognition and management. From 1989 to 2003, she functioned in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Medical ICUs at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan. Currently her company, ADVANCING NURSING LLC, is focused on creating empowered work environments for nurses through the acquisition of greater skills and knowledge. Ms. Vollman is a subject matter expert for prevention of CAUTI, CLABSI, and HAPI as well as sepsis recognition/management and the culture of safety for HRET and the Michigan Hospital Association. In 2004, Kathleen was inducted into the College of Critical Care Medicine; in 2009, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nurses. In 2012, Ms. Vollman was appointed to serve as an honorary ambassador to the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses.
Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the only device-related infections which have increased in the last five years. National quality and safety initiatives as well… read more
Clostridium difficile (C-diff) contributes to serious infections and higher mortality in hospitalized patients. Antibiotic stewardship across the continuum of care is an essential prevention strategy.… read more
Central line associated blood stream infections are serious but preventable infections when evidence-based guidelines for central line insertion and maintenance are properly prioritized and implemented.… read more
Health care acquired pneumonia not related to a ventilator is an extremely under-recognized threat to patient morbidity and mortality. In a recent study, it was… read more
More than a quarter of a million patients in the United States receive mechanical ventilation each year, putting them at risk for increased mortality related… read more
According to a recent national survey, an estimated 722,000 health-care-acquired infections (HAI) occur in hospitals annually. Approximately 75,000 deaths occur yearly, with one out of… read more