Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Prevention in our PICU-PCCU
Central lines are IVs that are placed into large veins of the body. They are often used to give medicines for long periods of time. Because central lines usually remain in place for weeks or months, they are at risk for infections. Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) can make children sicker, extend hospital stays and require treatment with antibiotics. These are all important reasons why we strive to reduce the risk and rate of these infections in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and our Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit (PCCU).
We implemented a set of best practices, called bundles, to minimize the risk of these infections in our PICU and in the PCCC.
Our goal is to maintain infection rates lower than the national median with an ultimate goal of zero.