Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)
What are we tracking and why?
We monitor the number of infections that develop as a result of central-line catheters. Some patients require central-line catheters to receive fluids and medication. Unfortunately, patients can develop bloodstream infections associated with these lines. These are called Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) which can lead to serious complications. Our goal is to prevent all infections.
How are we doing?
What are we doing to improve?
We have ongoing efforts aimed at preventing central line-associated infections (CLABSI). Efforts include using a special dressing infused with antiseptic (chlorhexidine) on all central lines and monitoring best practice techniques from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including:
- Avoiding the placement of lines in legs
- Practicing hand hygiene protocols
- Cleaning the skin with chlorhexidine (antiseptic) prior to insertion
- Scrubbing the hub or access port with alcohol or chlorhexidine prior to accessing the line
- Using full-barrier precautions during the central line insertion
- Removing lines when no longer medically necessary: To be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition.
What can you do?
You are encouraged to ask members of the care team to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection during insertion and maintenance of any central line. This includes asking them to wash their hands and to use the recommended sterile insertion and maintenance techniques listed above.
It is important to have the line removed as soon as it is no longer necessary. Please ask about the necessity of a central line at every opportunity.