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.