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CLABSI incidence statistics: 250,000 cases per year

Here are some national estimates related to central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI):

  • 15 million central-vascular-catheter days in intensive care units nationally
  • 250,000 CLABSI cases in hospitals, of which 80,000 occur in the ICU
  • 58 percent decrease in CLABSIs in ICU patients comparing 2001 and 2009
  • 3,000 to 6,000 lives saved in 2009 compared to 2001 due to this decrease
  • $414 million medical cost savings in 2009 compared to 2001 due to this decrease

Source: Bloodstream infections: hospitals may be winning the fight, but there’s more work to do.  The Journal of Healthcare Contracting;9(4):48, 50-53, 56, Aug. 2012.  Click here to link to publisher’s website: http://www.jhconline.com/bloodstream-infections.html Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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