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Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infections (CA-BSI)

What is a catheter associated blood stream infection?

A catheter is a small plastic tube that is placed into the blood vessels near the heart. It may be used to deliver important medications, food and other nutrition. It may also be used to draw blood for testing or monitor blood pressure. A catheter associated blood stream infection occurs when germs enter the blood stream through a central line catheter and cause a patient to become sick.

Why do we measure?

  • CA-BSIs cause a patient to become ill

  • Low rate of CA-BSIs can indicate the cleanliness and safety of a hospital facility

  • We aim to continue to reduce the rate of CA-BSIs using data we collect

How do we measure?

The CA-BSI rate is calculated by the number of infections per 1,000 inpatient days.

How are we improving?

  • We continue to implement best practices and provide new prevention techniques.

  • We promote hand hygiene.

  • Our infection rate is among the lowest in the country.

  • It has been more than 1,000 days since the last CA-BSI in our PICU.


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