Central line infections in United States hospitals: An exploration of variation in central line device days and infection rates across hospitals that serve highly complex patient populations

Jennifer L. Hefner, Naleef Fareed, Daniel M. Walker, Timothy R. Huerta, Ann Scheck McAlearney

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Abstract

Our descriptive analyses show a wide distribution in rates of central line device days and central line–associated bloodstream infections for a given standardized infection ratio—the measure linked to federal payment penalties—among 215 US hospitals serving highly complex patient populations. We established that the standardized infection ratio masks hospital-level variation in device use and associated patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1032-1034
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
Volume47
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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