Beyond CLABSI bundles


Intravenous literature: Briggs, J. Ross, L., Burnaugh, R.L., Arashin, K.A. and Gasiorowski, B. (2011) Beyond the Bundle: The ICU Initiative to Decrease the Incidence of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 39(5), p.E29-E30.


The CABSI rate in the ICU remained constant despite the implementation of the IHI Central Line Bundle. In 2008 the rate of CABSI was 4.88 per 1,000 device days; by the end of the 2Q2009, the infection rate increased 66% to 7.43 per 1,000 device days. Four CABSI were identified in the ICU between March and May 2009. Concerned with the unusual and sudden increase in the number of CABSIs, a BSI team was formed to examine all aspects of central line practices.

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