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Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
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Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011 (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) [PDF, 1.02MB] CDC guidelines for healthcare personnel who insert intravascular catheters and for persons responsible for surveillance and control of infections in hospital, outpatient, and home care settings.
“Stop BSI” (On the Cusp: Stop HAI) A Web site with tools and resources to help hospital associations and hospital units implement the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and reduce central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI).
“How-to Guide: Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (Pediatric Supplement)” (Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI]) This guide is specifically tailored for pediatrics; it describes key evidence-based care components for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections, explains how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
Strategies to Prevent Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America [SHEA]) SHEA/IDEA practice recommendations for the prevention of CLABSI.
“FAQs About Catheter Associated Bloodstream Infections” (CDC) [PDF, 190KB] A fact sheet for patients in English.
“Preguntas Frecuentes: Infecciones Sanguíneas Asociadas al Catéter Intravenoso” (CDC) [PDF, 207KB] A fact sheet for patients in Spanish.
“Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections: Resources for Patients and Healthcare Providers” (CDC) CDC Web site hosting a variety of resources for patients and providers, including fact sheets, guidelines, audio education for patients, and more.
“State Has Implemented a CLABSI Prevention Collaborative” (CDC) CDC Web site identifying state contacts for CLABSI initiatives.
“Strategies to Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals” (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]) AHRQ National Guideline Clearinghouse Guideline Summary for children and adults in acute care hospitals with indwelling central venous catheters, including tunneled, implanted, cuffed, noncuffed, and dialysis catheters.
“Patient Guides on Healthcare-Associated Infections” (SHEA) Large print patient guides in English and Spanish for CLABSI, CAUTI, SSI, MRSA, VAP, Clostridium Difficile, and VRE.
“Patient Guides on Healthcare-Associated Infections: Patient Guides Translations” (SHEA) Large print patient guides in Arabic, Polish and Spanish for CLABSI, CAUTI, SSI, MRSA, VAP, Clostridium Difficile, and VRE (VAP is not available in Arabic).
“Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Prevention” (Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota) An education sheet for parents of a child whose doctor has recommended the insertion of a central venous catheter (or central line).
“How-to Guide: Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection” (IHI) This how-to guide describes key evidence-based care components of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Central Line Bundle (which has been linked to prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections), describes how to implement these interventions, and recommends measures to gauge improvement.
Guide to the Elimination of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (Association for Professionals in Infection Control) [PDF, 603KB] Guide from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
“On the Cusp: Stop BSI, The Role of Technology In CLABSI Prevention” (Johns Hopkins Medicine) A video presentation from the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group on how to approach the use of technology in CLABSI prevention.

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