Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Prevention in Our NICU

Background

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 infants 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 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Initiative

We implemented a set of best practices, called bundles, to minimize the risk of these infections in our NICU.

Goal

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

Results

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in our NICU

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