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Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI)

Rolling 12 month average

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Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)

What is it?

A central line is a small catheter placed in a larger blood vessel. Fluids, nutrients and medications can be delivered via these catheters and they are more stable than a regular IV. Bacteria can enter the blood stream through these catheters resulting in infections. 

Why is it important?

Blood stream infections can cause a child to become very ill and can even be life threatening. These infections delay healing and increase the time spent in the hospital.

How do we measure it?

We follow a metric called the "rolling average," which is calculated by adding the number of infections over the previous 12 months and dividing by 12. Each point on the graph represents the average of the 12 months preceding it. In other words, for June 2016, we add all the infections from July 2015 through June 2016 and divide by 12. This is the data point that's represented on the graph for June.

What are we doing to improve?

  • We are part of a national collaborative called the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (CHSPS) in which hospitals share ideas and data and work together to decrease these infections nationwide.
  • We have established standardized processes to care for central lines using practices that have been shown to reduce infections.
  • We regularly train our staff and measure how well we perform these processes.
  • We investigate each infection in an attempt to find opportunities for improvement