Surveillance criteria for central line–associated bloodstream infections

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“Surveillance criteria for central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are continually being refined to more accurately reflect infections related to central lines” Hazamy et al (2014).

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Hazamy, P.A., Haley, V.B., Tserenpuntsag, B., Tsivitis, M., Giardina, R., Knab, R. and Lutterloh, E. (2014) Effect of 2013 National Healthcare Safety Network definition changes on central line bloodstream infection rates: Audit results from the New York State Department of Health. American Journal of Infection Control. December 30th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Surveillance criteria for central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are continually being refined to more accurately reflect infections related to central lines. An audit of 567 medical records from adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care unit patients with a central line and a positive blood culture showed a 16% decrease in CLABSI rates after the 2013 National Healthcare Safety Network definitions compared with the 2012 definitions.

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