|Duke University Hospital||Duke Regional Hospital
||Duke Raleigh Hospital
|Rate of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)
||Better than the U.S. national benchmark||No different than the U.S. national benchmark||No different than the U.S. national benchmark|
A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is a serious infection that occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream through a central line -- a catheter that is placed in a large vein in the groin, neck or chest.
These large catheters are commonly used to administer fluid and medications to patients in intensive care and to patients who are chronically ill. The catheters can remain in place for prolonged periods.
Duke University Health System uses best-practice guidelines (commonly referred to as "central line bundles") before, during and after line placement, as well as other evidence-based protocols, to prevent infection.