Studies indicate that a central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) can increase the length of a hospital stay by seven to 21 days and the cost of care by $37,000. Although the use of evidence-based bloodstream infection prevention practices has reduced the number of CLABSIs by 50 percent from 2008 to 2014, too many infections are still occurring. The attainment of lower CLABSI rates and progression toward elimination will require a focused commitment of all health care personnel.
Reduction in CLABSIs is part of HealthInsight’s commitment to reducing patient harm by 20 percent over the next two years. HealthInsight’s plan for assisting hospitals in reducing CLABSIs will include technical assistance, self-assessment tools, educational webinars and conferences, and links to evidence-based best practices surrounding catheter insertion, maintenance and removal.