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Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Why this measure is important:

  • An infection causes delayed healing, longer recovery times and in some cases can result in patient death. Given the serious nature and complications that can result, we are working tirelessly to completely eliminate these infections
  • Proper care during insertion and ongoing care of the central venous catheter contributes significantly to the reduction of infections

How we measure:

The number of related infections per 1,000 catheter line days. Each day the patient has a catheter in place counts as one catheter day.


* Denotes chart annotations, including: specific improvement interventions, definition and / or other specification changes

What we are doing to improve:

  • Implementing standardized practices which have been shown to minimize infections
  • Monitoring and reporting of proper hand washing practices for physicians, nurses and other health care providers
  • Participation in the national improvement collaborative - Solutions for Patient Safety, aimed at eliminating all patient harm. Participants share ideas and data to create learning opportunities and accelerate improvement among hospitals nationally.
  • Real-time review of Central Venous Catheter infections at the point of care, with immediate action planning and process changes with the care team to identify opportunities for improvement.

View the Operational Definition:  Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections