A central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) is an infection that occurs when germs, primarily bacteria or viruses enter the bloodstream through the central line. CLABSI is one of the most expensive healthcare-associated infections.
A Central Line, also known as a central venous catheter (CVS), is a tube that medical professionals insert in a broad vein in the neck, chest, or groin to inject medications, fluid, or collect blood for medical tests.
A CVC may be used for multiple purposes including:
There are various ways through which contamination can occur and cause CLABSI. Some of the main causes are:-
Following are the primary symptoms to identify CLABSI:
Healthcare centers need to treat CLABSI promptly. The treatment can include the use of intravenous antibiotics along with supportive measures such as intravenous fluid administration and oxygen therapy (if required). What are some of the measures that healthcare providers take to prevent CLABSI? A high CLABSI rate can significantly impact the overall quality care rating of the healthcare center, therefore, medical practitioners take serious measures to avoid any chances of healthcare-related infections.
Some of the fundamental steps taken by healthcare centers to mitigate the possibilities of CLABSI are mentioned below:-
Along with healthcare workers, patients should also take the following measures to avoid the possibilities of CLABSI:-
A central line is an imperative medical tool that makes it easier to supply medication or fluids into the patient’s body. However, if healthcare practitioners don’t follow proper measures while inserting the tube, it can result in an infection.
Along with following proper insertion techniques, the medical staff must also adhere to proper maintenance procedures in order to mitigate any possibilities of CLABSI and lower the overall rate of healthcare-associated infections.
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