Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections

Bacterial cultureAlthough there has been a 46% decrease in the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in hospitals across the U.S. from 2008-2013, an estimated 30,100 CLABSI still occur in U.S. hospitals each year. These infections are usually serious and typically result in prolonged hospital stays, increased health care costs and increased risk of mortality.

Fortunately, most CLABSI can be prevented through proper insertion techniques and management. It is estimated that compliance with evidence-based strategies can reduce 65-70% of these infections.

Following the WSHA Safety Action Bundle strategies can greatly reduce the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections. Together, we can make a difference.

Our goal is to reduce the rate of CLABSIs by 20 percent by September 27, 2018.


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CLABSI Safety Action BundleUpdated 4/15/2016

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