National Healthcare Safety Network surveillance CLABSI definition changes

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Increased ICU primary CLABSI rates were found to be a result of both surveillance definition changes and infection control practices” Corley et al (2017).

Calendar year 2015 intensive care unit (ICU) central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) from 1 hospital were reviewed using 2014 CLABSI surveillance definitions to assess the relative impact of definition changes and infection control practices on CLABSI rates. Increased ICU primary CLABSI rates were found to be a result of both surveillance definition changes and infection control practices.

Reference:

Corley, A., Cantara, M., Gardner, J., Trexler, P., Rock, C. and Maragakis, L.L. (2017) Central line–associated bloodstream infection rate elevation: Attributable to National Healthcare Safety Network surveillance definition changes, ongoing opportunities for infection prevention, or both? American Journal of Infection Control. July 20th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.04.282

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