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Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)

What Are We Tracking And Why? 

We track the number of infections developed by patients because of central line devices. We look at the rate of infection by the number of line days (number of patients in a day with at least one central line).

For some patients, a central line is often necessary so the patient can receive fluids and medication. Sometimes a patient can develop a bloodstream infection associated with a central line. This is called a “Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection”, and it can be a serious complication.

How Are We Doing? 

We track central-line associated infection rates and we compare our performance to national rates published by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). We report data on care to the Military Health System, NHSN, and other safety organizations. The information that we report is available in the table below.

What Are We Doing To Improve? 

We have ongoing efforts aimed at preventing central line-associated infections. Our efforts include monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) best practice techniques, such as hand hygiene, using full barrier precautions during the central line insertion, cleaning the skin with chlorhexidine prior to insertion, avoiding placing lines in legs if possible, and early line removal. In addition, we also bathe patients with chlorhexidine and use a special chlorhexidine sponge dressing on all central lines.

What Can You Do? 

Patients are encouraged to ask their care team to take the required precautions to reduce the risk of infection during insertion of a central line. Similarly, it is important to have the line removed as soon as it is no longer necessary, and ensure that best practices are used to maintain the cleanliness of the line and insertion site while it is in use. Patients and family members are encouraged to ask about the necessity of a central line; and if it is necessary, patients and families should be proactive and ask for a line to be removed as soon as possible.