Purpose of review: While reducing unnecessary days present of central venous catheters (CVCs) is part of central line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) best practices, there is limited information regarding compliance with this recommendation as well as addressing barriers to compliance.
Recent findings: Significant work has been directed towards daily audits of necessity and improving communication between members of the medical team. Other critical interventions include utilization of the electronic health record (EHR), leadership support of CLABSI reduction goals, and avoiding CVC placement over more appropriate vascular access.
Summary: Institutions have varied approaches to addressing the issue of removing idle CVCs, and more standardized approaches in checklists as well as communication, particularly on multidisciplinary rounds, will be key to CVC removal. Utilization of the EHR for reminders or appropriate documentation of necessity is a factor. Avoidance of placing a CVC or appropriateness of the CVC is also important to consider.Reference:
Beville ASM, Heipel D, Vanhoozer G, Bailey P. Reducing Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) by Reducing Central Line Days. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2021;23(12):23. doi: 10.1007/s11908-021-00767-w. Epub 2021 Nov 2. PMID: 34744517; PMCID: PMC8562022.