April 12, 2018

No Central Line = No CLABSI

On April 10, the FHA Mission to Care HIIN Chasing Zero Infections Webinar focused on reducing peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) and central line utilization to eliminate bloodstream infections. This interactive coaching call facilitated by national infection prevention expert Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, provided participants the opportunity to discuss challenges and strategies to prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). Some key take-away points from the discussion are noted below:


  • Understand the different types of central lines and what is most appropriate for short term and long term use
  • There is often opportunity to reduce central line utilization outside of critical care and alternatives that may be more appropriate for the patient's needs
  • Tracking central line utilization ratios (SUR) and correlating with CLABSI rates can help the organization and staff understand the drivers for CLABSI
  • Best practice for reducing utilization is daily multidisciplinary rounding, which promotes critical thinking and clinical decision-making as to the ongoing necessity of the central line
  • Leverage the EMR to facilitate assessment for necessity and alternatives by providers and staff

View the webinar recording and slide presentation to learn more.