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Stopping health care-associated blood stream infections

Every year, 30,000 to 62,000 Americans die from what many believe is preventable – a bloodstream infection caused by a central line, a catheter placed in a vessel that ends at or near the heart.  We call these infections central line-associated blood stream infections, or CLABSI.

A national initiative, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and supported by the Secretary of Health and Human Services is trying to address this problem.

This national project, called On the CUSP: STOP blood stream infections (BSI) was lauched about a year ago. And although this project is using a prevention model that nearly elimated CLABSI in more than 100 intensive care units in Michigan, many U.S. hospitals, including most in Minnesota, are not participating.

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