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Hospital-Wide Reduction in Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections: A Tale of Two Small Community Hospitals

Aysegul Gozu MD MPH, Colleen Clay >RN BSN CIC and Faheem Younus MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 32, No. 6 (June 2011), pp. 619-622
DOI: 10.1086/660098
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/660098
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Despite increasing awareness of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in general wards, published strategies come from intensive care units (ICUs) of large tertiary care centers. After implementing a central line insertion checklist, two community hospitals experienced an 86% reduction in CLABSI rates in ICUs and a 57% reduction in non-ICU settings over 36 months.

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