Variation of central line infections in United States hospitals

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Our descriptive analyses show a wide distribution in rates of central line device days and central line–associated bloodstream infections for a given standardized infection ratio—the measure” Hefner et al (2019).

Our descriptive analyses show a wide distribution in rates of central line device days and central line–associated bloodstream infections for a given standardized infection ratio—the measure linked to federal payment penalties—among 215 US hospitals serving highly complex patient populations. We established that the standardized infection ratio masks hospital-level variation in device use and associated patient safety.

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Reference:

Hefner, J.L., Fareed, N., Walker, D.M., Huerta, T.R. and McAlearney, A.s> (2019) Central line infections in United States hospitals: An exploration of variation in central line device days and infection rates across hospitals that serve highly complex patient populations. American Journal of Infection Control. January 9th. .

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.12.001

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