Hospital Safety (NY)
Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year and a large proportion of these are associated with the presence of a central line. Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are serious infections that often lead to longer hospital stays, higher costs and intensity of care, and increased risk of death.
As a healthcare provider, you can prevent CLABSIs by following clinically proven and established guidelines and protocols, which include:
- Minimizing the use of central line placement.
- Avoidance of the femoral vein as an insertion point.
- Prompt removal of the central line when no longer essential.
- Ensuring the use of sterile technique for insertion.
- Practicing proper hand hygiene with insertion and maintenance of the central line.
- Maximizing the use of sterile barrier precautions.
- Regularly monitoring catheter sites for signs of possible infection.
- Encouraging patients to report any changes at the catheter site or other discomfort.
For more information about the CLABSI prevention initiative, please contact us.