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An estimated 250,000 CLABSIs occur in hospitals each year; as many as 62,000 patients who get these infections die as a result.

A “central line” or “central catheter” is a tube that is placed into a patient’s large vein, usually in the neck, chest, arm, or groin. The catheter is often used to draw blood, or give fluids or medications. It may be left in place for several weeks. A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) occurs when bacteria or other germs travel down a central line and enter the blood. CLABSIs result in thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to the U.S. healthcare system.

CLABSI Prevention

Partners dedicated to improving lives by preventing avoidable healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are implementing the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and interventions to prevent CLABSIs nationwide. Partners include the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), through a contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group (JHU QSRG) and the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA Keystone).

Additional Resources

Tennessee HAI Reporting Requirements for CLABSI

CLABSI Toolkit

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