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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

Although central line-associated bloodstream infections have decreased significantly over the past several years, they remain a serious threat to the well-being of patients who have them, increasing hospital stays and mortality. They consume a tremendous amount of resources and remain a huge financial burden to payers.

About 30,000 central line infections still occur each year in the United States.

This course has been designed to help you understand best practices in preventing CLABSI, so that you can contribute to improved patient outcomes.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe indications and benefits of central lines
  • Discuss risks for infection in a patient with a central line
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of CLABSI
  • List the insertion bundle for preventing CLABSI
  • Describe standards of practice for maintenance and care of a patient with a central line