Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)

Infection Prevention Outcomes

What is a CLABSI?

A Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) happens when germs enter your child's central line. This is a special tube that gives fluids and medicine. CLABSIs can cause many extra days of hospitalization and raise the cost of a child’s treatment. To prevent CLABSIs, we take three steps:

  • We use specially coated devices
  • We use very effective disinfectants
  • We remove these tubes from the body as soon as we can.

What does this data mean?

Since 2005, CLABSI infection rates at Children’s have gone down by more than 70 percent. Our rates are much lower than the national average for children's and adult hospitals.

This a rate per 1000 central line days. For example, a rate of CLABSI of 1.4 means there were 1.4 infections for every 10,000 central line catheter days. Source: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) of the CDC Report, 2010. This is the most current available benchmark data.

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