Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)
Within this module, participants will gain a greater understanding of best practices for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). CLABSIs are a common cause of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that carry significant consequences including patient morbidity, mortality, and overall increases in cost of care. Preventing CLABSIs is a multidisciplinary effort; all healthcare professionals require an understanding of definitions, pathophysiology, and prevention.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize evidence-based, appropriate indications for the use of central venous catheters (CVC)
- Describe proper care od CVCs, including insertion and maintenance
- Identify the need to liberate patients from CVCs, unintended consequences (CLABSI and other healthcare-associated conditions), and the need to avoid inappropriate testing and antimicrobial use