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Research Letter
May 2016

Assessment of a Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infection Prevention Program in a Burn-Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Author Affiliations
  • 1Burn-Trauma ICU, Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 2Web and Social Media Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(5):485-486. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4445

Although evidence-based strategies have resulted in a sharp decrease in central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates in recent years, including a zero rate in many intensive care unit (ICU) environments,1,2 burn units continue to have the highest pooled mean rate of CLABSIs (2.9 infections per 1000 central line–days) but only a moderate central line utilization rate (0.47 central line–days per 1000 patient-days).3 The objective of our study was to evaluate a multimodal, multidisciplinary quality improvement project to reduce the number of CLABSIs in a dedicated burn-trauma ICU (BTICU).

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