Central Venous Line Bloodstream Infections

Published On 07/11/2011

A central venous line (CVL) is a common way for us to administer medication or fluids or obtain blood tests while a child is in the hospital. While they are essential for patient care, one possible complication is a bloodstream infection. This can be very serious, so we monitor patients very closely and take precautions to decrease the risk to our patients. While some patients have a higher risks than others, most central venous line infections are preventable. 

How we measure

We measure central line infections based on a national standard: the number of infections divided by the number of days patients have central lines. That number is then multiplied by 1,000 to get the number of infections per 1,000 line days. In the chart, you can see our progress by hospital floor. 

  • PICU: 2.56 infections per 1,000 line days
  • CVICU: 3.01 infections per 1,000 line days
  • NICU: 0.00 infections per 1,000 line days
  • NSICU: 0.00 infections per 1,000 line days

How we're getting better

We follow recommended standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA). for preventing infections during the insertion of the line as well as for maintenance. We’ve joined a group of other children’s hospitals from across the nation to share ideas and procedures and work together to lower infections across the country.