Central venous line infection rate

Why we measure it - Central venous lines are commonly used in intensive care units to provide medications and fluids and are one of the primary sources for infections.

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What this means - This graph reflects our low number of central venous line infections. This is a result of our efforts to control the incidence of hospital acquired infections. Babies with fewer infections have better long-term outcomes and shorter lengths of stay.

About the data – The graph reflects the number of infections in the NICU per 1,000 line days.

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Infection prevention

  • Children's Hospital is one of 29 pediatric hospitals participating in a national collaborative aimed at reducing the number of central venous line infections in an intensive care environment. Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit physicians serve as national faculty experts on this collaborative. The knowledge gained from this collaborative is applied to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to further reduce CVL infections.
  • We prevent infection by providing a hand-washing station for all visitors at the entrance of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • We restrict visitors with cold or other respiratory symptoms.
  • Our caregivers wash their hands before and after caring for every patient.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided near every patient bed.