Zeroing in on zero tolerance for central line-associated bacteremia.

  title={Zeroing in on zero tolerance for central line-associated bacteremia.},
  author={Jeanne E Zack},
  journal={American journal of infection control},
  volume={36 10},
BACKGROUND Central line-associated bacteremia (CLAB) is associated with increased intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS) of up to 6 days, increased hospital LOS of approximately 21 days, attributable mortality of approximately 35%, and incremental costs of approximately $56,000 per infection. NEED In 1999 in the surgical-burn-trauma ICU at Barnes Jewish Hospital (BJH), the CLAB rate was 10.8/1000 central venous catheter (CVC) line-days, substantially higher than the National… CONTINUE READING


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