Central line-associated bloodstream infection rates increased during the Omicron surge at our rural academic medical center. To identify potential drivers of this increase, we investigated period- and patient-specific factors associated with the increase in CLABSI. Increased central line utilization, decreased central line bundle compliance monitoring, increased proportion of traveling nurses, increased short-term venous catheter use in internal jugular vein, increased multi-lumen catheter use, decreased port-associated infection, and increased patient acuity were significantly associated with the surge. Our results helped us target our local infection prevention efforts.Reference:
Kang H, Stewart KO, Khan AN, Casale SC, Adams Barker CM, Kim JJ. Investigating potential drivers of increased central line-associated bloodstream infections during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Omicron surge. Am J Infect Control. 2023 Apr 25:S0196-6553(23)00331-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2023.04.168. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37105358; PMCID: PMC10129334.