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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates

Why we measure this

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates (CLABSI) are infections that can occur as a result of having a large catheter in a vein. Since these infections can be serious, we closely monitor these and strive for a goal of zero.

How we measure this

We measure our CLABSI infection rate using a risk-adjusted Standard Infection Ratio (SIR) that compares our actual rate against our expected rate based on the performance of other U.S. hospitals.

What we do to improve

MUSC providers are very careful with putting in and taking care of these lines, as well as taking them out as soon as possible. 

The Centers for Disease Control offers information on what patients can do to prevent CLABSI.

Graph showing ICU Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections at MUSC