Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), are a type of healthcare-associated infection (HAI), and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. As many as 28,000 patients die from CLABSI annually in U.S. intensive care units. AHRQ has tools and research for healthcare professionals to prevent and reduce CLABSI.
Tools for Reducing Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections
These tools will help each unit implement evidence-based practices and eliminate central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI). When used with the CUSP (Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program) Toolkit, these tools dramatically reduced CLABSI rates in more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.
AHRQ's PSNet (Patient Safety Network) highlights research on CLABSI. Included studies range from the use of health care simulation and unit-based nurse educators to reduce CLABSI to studies showing safety programs leading to marked reduction in CLABSI and related cost savings.