Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Prevention on our Pediatric Medical-Surgical Units

Background

Child recovering peacefully

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 on our Pediatric Medical-Surgical Units.

Initiative

We implemented a set of best practices, called bundles, to minimize the risk of these infections on our Pediatric Medical-Surgical Units.

Goal

Our goal is to maintain infection rates lower than the national median with an ultimate goal of zero.

Results

 

Central Line-Associated Bllodstream Infections - Pediatric Medical-Surgical Units

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