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The national CLABSI rate increased significantly during the pandemic

March 24, 2021

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The rate of central infection-associated bloodstream infections in acute hospitals increased significantly during the pandemic, researchers in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology reported.

David T. cook, MD, The team leader for Hospital Infection Prevention at CDC’s Healthcare Quality Enhancement Division noted several things that have the potential to increase central bloodstream related infections (CLABSIs), including the need to feed ventilated patients with COVID-19 tend to interfere with midline associations.

CLABSI infographic

Source: Patel PR et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021; doi: 10.1017 / ice.2021.108.

“It is important that clinicians be aware of the national CLABSI surge – as many may not know – and consider actions they can take in their own facility to manage the surge, especially as the challenges arise in Improve supply and staff, “Kuhar told Healio.

Kuhar and colleagues analyzed patient data from 13,136 inpatients in 2,986 acute hospitals. They compared the standard infection rates of CLABSIs from the second quarter, defined as April, May and June 2019, and the second quarter of 2020.

David T. cook

A total of 936 of the facilities had one or more predicted CLABSIs. The rate of CLABSIs increased from 0.68 in 2019 to 0.87 in 2020 – an overall increase of 28% (95% CI, 20-33.6). Intensive care units recorded the highest increase with 39% (0.75 to 1.04), followed by ward locations with 13%.

“The results of this analysis are an important reminder of how little the reduction in health-related infections has been achieved over the past 10 years,” said Kuhar. “The unprecedented demands placed on healthcare institutions and healthcare providers over the past year have been linked with a number of unfortunate outcomes, including this increase in CLABSIs. It will be important to keep working to track and control these infections to ensure that further improvements are made as the situation continues to improve in many healthcare facilities. “

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