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).
Remington L, Faraklas I, Gauthier K, Carper C, Wiggins JB, Lewis GM, Cochran A. Assessment of a Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infection Prevention Program in a Burn-Trauma Intensive Care Unit. JAMA Surg. 2016;151(5):485-486. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.4445