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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

Central lines are used to give patients fluids, medications, blood products and nutrition supplements. It is possible for infections to enter the bloodstream through central lines.

At UVA, we have identified best practices for inserting and maintaining central lines. By using these specific steps, it is possible to lower a patient’s risk of getting a blood stream infection.

We’ve made these steps part of our “standard work,” which means making the best way to complete a task the way we do it every time.

We measure CLABSI using the National Healthcare Safety Network’s Standardized Infection Ratio. This ratio takes into account the type of hospital and the different types of patients it treats.

A lower number is better. A ratio of less than 1.0 means fewer patients got infections than expected.


Bloodstream infections associated with central venous catheters in patients admitted to UVA Hospital. A lower number is better.

Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) = A rate of lower than 1 indicates fewer infections than predicted for a hospital's patient population

Measured on a quarterly (three-month) basis. Data as of Sept. 30, 2015.

About the benchmark data: The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a secure, internet-based surveillance system managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How We Measure Up

The resources below compare quality indicators at different hospitals across the country.