Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)
A central line is a tube (catheter) that is placed into a large vein, usually in the neck, chest, arm, or groin. This catheter is often used to draw blood, or deliver fluids or medications to the patient. A bloodstream infection can occur when bacteria travel down a central line and enter the blood.
CLABSI by ICU
What are we doing to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections?
To prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections, our doctors, nurses, and other health care providers:
Choose a vein where the catheter can be safely inserted and where the risk for infection is small
Clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before putting in the catheter
Wear a mask, cap, sterile gown, and sterile gloves when putting in the catheter to keep it sterile
Clean the patient’s skin with an antiseptic cleanser before putting in the catheter
Clean their hands, wear gloves, and clean the catheter opening with an antiseptic solution before using the catheter to draw blood or give medications
Use a checklist to ensure no critical steps are missed and allow anyone on the care team to stop the procedure if they notice an error
Decide every day whether the patient still needs to have the catheter and remove it as soon as possible