IV bag hang times and CLABSI rates
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) can result in increased morbidity and mortality and billions of dollars of costs per year to institutions and patients. Fluctuating availability of manufacturers’ supplies of intravenous (IV) solutions have created issues for health systems in which policy and procedures have been examined regarding extended hang time for IV solutions. This article examined the relationship between extended hang times of nonadditive IV solutions and incidence of CLABSIs in intensive and general practice inpatient units in a quaternary care setting. The incidence of CLABSIs with extended hang times of up to 96 hours, of nonadditive IV solutions, has demonstrated that significant changes in CLABSIs were not evident.
Mianecki TB, Peterson EL. The Relationship Between Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections and Extended Intravenous Solution Hang Times. J Infus Nurs. 2021 May-Jun 01;44(3):157-161. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000425. PMID: 33935250.