Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections

Reducing the number of patients who develop hospital acquired conditions while in our care is a major component of our patient safety initiatives at Emory Healthcare. Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) is one type of hospital acquired condition in which a bacterial or fungal infection develops in patients with a central venous catheter and no other identifiable sources for the infection. There are many ways to measure CLABSI currently and it is difficult to compare the CLABSI rates among different types of hospitals. For example, we measure CLABSI in all inpatients, while many hospitals only measure CLABSI in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Patients with severe and complex illnesses are at higher risk of such infections. However, these data are not “adjusted” for these factors. Therefore, most importantly we strive to see continuous improvements in the rate of these infections in patients at our hospitals.

Emory Healthcare’s CLABSI rate per 1000 Central Line Days is 1.86 for FY 2016 (July’15 – June’16) reporting period

Source: Emory Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control

CLABSI data below shows performance from September 2013 through June 2016.

EHC CLABSI

Emory Healthcare’s CLABSI rate is the combined performance for Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Emory University Hospital’s CLABSI rate per 1000 central line days for FY16 YTD performance (July’15-June’16) is 2.27.

EUH CLABSI

Emory University Hospital Midtown’s CLABSI rate per 1000 central line days for FY16 YTD performance (July’15-June’16) is 1.43.

EUHM CLABSI

Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s CLABSI rate per 1000 central line days for FY16 YTD performance (July’15-June’16) is 1.67.

EJCH CLABSI

Note: The volatility in above graph is exacerbated by the small numbers involved.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s CLABSI rate per 1000 central line days for FY16 YTD performance (July’15-June’16) is 1.00.

ESJH CLABSI

Note: The volatility in above graph is exacerbated by the small numbers involved.