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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates

Central line-associated bloodstream infection is a type of infection that is associated with having a catheter inserted in a major vein. This is usually for the delivery of medications, nutrition or fluids. Bloodstream infections are often serious enough to cause a longer hospital stay or even death. These can be prevented through proper management of the central lines and the removal of these lines when they are no longer needed.

Medical intensive care unit central line-associated blood stream infection rates

The standardized infection ratio is a summary measure used to compare the central line-associated bloodstream infection experience among one or more groups of patients to a standard population. The standardized infection ratio is the observed number of infections divided by the expected number of infections.

A 95 percent confidence interval for the infection ratio is calculated to assess whether the difference between the observed number of infections is significantly different from the expected number of infections. 

The lower the ratio on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores worse than expected.

What Rush is doing to monitor and improve patient care in this area

A quality improvement committee was established to identify key drivers of these results, implement evidence based interventions and continue to analyze results to determine improvement opportunities.

Surgical intensive care unit central line-associated blood stream infection rates

The standardized infection ratio is a summary measure used to compare the central line-associated bloodstream infection experience among one or more groups of patients to a standard population. The standardized infection ratio is the observed number of infections divided by the expected number of infections.

A 95 percent confidence interval for the infection ratio is calculated to assess whether the difference between the observed number of infections is significantly different from the expected number of infections. 

The lower the ratio on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.