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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Jun;32(6):619-22. doi: 10.1086/660098.

Hospital-wide reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections: a tale of two small community hospitals.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


Despite increasing awareness of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in general wards, published strategies come from intensive care units (ICUs) of large tertiary care centers. After implementing a central line insertion checklist, two community hospitals experienced an 86% reduction in CLABSI rates in ICUs and a 57% reduction in non-ICU settings over 36 months.

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