CDC: 58% Drop in Central-Line Infections in Hospital ICUs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new report indicating that rates of central line-associated blood stream infections among patients hospitalized in ICUs have decreased 58 percent.

The CDC report suggests a joint effort by state and federal agencies, including the CDC, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS, and implementation of best practices by healthcare providers have likely helped drive these reductions. For example, large-scale regional and statewide projects, such as the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and the Michigan Keystone Project, have demonstrated roughly 70 percent reductions in CLABSI rates in ICUs by increasing adherence to recommended best-practices for the insertion of central lines.

Continued success in CLABSI prevention will require increased adherence to current CLABSI prevention recommendations, development and implementation of additional prevention strategies and the ongoing collection and analysis of data, including specific microbiologic information, the report states.

Read the CDC report about CLABSI.

Read other coverage about CLABSI:

- Patient Safety Tool: Central Line Test Questions

- Infection Control Checklist Reduces CLABSIs, Mortality

- APIC Co-Launches Website to Help Eliminate CLABSIs

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