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Central line-associated bloodstream infections

This measure tracks infections caused by a central line - a thin flexible plastic tube inserted into a patient's vein for drawing blood or giving medications. While central lines are sometimes needed to give certain types of medications, they carry a risk of blood infection, since germs may travel through the catheter into a patient's bloodstream.

Hospitals follow careful guidelines to prevent vascular catheter-associated infections, such as choosing the best sites for inserting a catheter, using the best catheter material, keeping the site clean and removing the catheter as soon as it's no longer needed.

This measure compares the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) to those of other hospitals nationwide, using information from the National Healthcare Safety Network. The result is adjusted to correct for certain factors, such as the size and type of the hospital or ICU.

Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections


July 2011- 
June 2012

MU Health Care Better than U.S. national rate

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