Hospital Reports Record Span of No Catheter Bloodstream Infections

January 3, 2013

Sutter Roseville Medical Center (SRMC), mind a California hospital, has reported that its vascular access team has achieved seven years without a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) occurring in any of its peripherally inserted central line catheter (PICC) lines.

According to a press release, the accomplishment is notable for several reasons:

  • This is the longest span without CLABSIs ever reported by a hospital.
  • Central intravenous therapy (IV) lines, including PICCs, have a much higher risk for bloodstream infections than any other type of IV line.
  • CLABSIs are frequently fatal, with an attributable mortality rate of 12%-to-25%.

The achievement was reported in a scientific poster presentation presented at the annual conference of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

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