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Quality improvement efforts reduced pediatric CLABSI rates

December 9, 2014

Implementing a collaborative quality improvement program yielded significant reductions in the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections among pediatric hematology-oncology inpatients, according to recent study data.

“Bloodstream infections are the most common health care–associated infections in pediatric hematology-oncology patients and are often associated with central lines, such as central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs),” David G. Bundy, MD, MPH, division of general pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, and colleagues wrote. “In addition to directly attributable morbidity, CLABSIs may introduce deleterious delays in the management of underlying malignancies.”

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