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"We decreased our CLABSI rate by over 40% from 2021 (1.6 per 1,000 line days) to the fourth quarter of 2022 (0.91) and kept the rate below or around the national rate (0.86) for the last three quarters of 2022" Bohan et al (2024).

CLABSI rate decreased by over 40%

Abstract:

Central line‚Äďassociated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) are a quality marker for the critical care environment. They have become an area of particular interest because they cost the healthcare system close to a billion dollars per year and have a significant impact on patient safety. Through a preliminary analysis of our system’s CLABSI rates, we found significantly higher rates than the national average, prompting further investigation. We decreased our CLABSI rate by over 40% from 2021 (1.6 per 1,000 line days) to the fourth quarter of 2022 (0.91) and kept the rate below or around the national rate (0.86) for the last three quarters of 2022. Through looking at current outcome data, identifying key stakeholders, developing dedicated committees, conducting root cause analyses, monitoring progress, adjusting procedures, scaling to the system, and continuously monitoring and reporting results, we have shown the efficacy of this kind of quality improvement structure and strive to reduce our hospital system’s impact on avoidable healthcare-associated patient harm.

Reference:

Bohan CO, Mlinarich J, Hahn D, Shelly M, Dang N. The CLABSI Playbook: Design and Implementation of a Multipronged Approach to Decrease CLABSIs. J Healthc Qual. 2024 May-Jun 01;46(3):131-136. doi: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000423. PMID: 38697095.