A Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
(CLABSI) is serious, but of ten can be successfully
treated with antibiotics. The central line (i.e., catheter) might need to be removed if a patient develops an infection.
Below is a summary of steps to follow to help prevent
CLABSIs from occuring.
Remember: If you do not see your
providers clean their hands, please
ask them to do so1.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
APIC, Joint Commission, IDSA, AHA, SHEA,
FAQ Sheet about “Catheter-Associated
Bloodstream Infections” http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/guidelines/BSI_tagged.pdf.
Understanding Measures for Healthcare-Associated Infections