Assessing burden of central line-associated bloodstream infections present on hospital admission

Am J Infect Control. 2020 Feb;48(2):216-218. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.08.010. Epub 2019 Sep 9.


Few data exist on the incidence of central line-associated bloodstream infection present on hospital admission (CLABSI-POA), although the practice of patients maintaining central lines outside of hospitals is increasing. We describe patients presenting to an academic medical center with CLABSI-POA over 1 year. Of the 130 admissions, half presented from home infusion (47%), followed by oncology clinic (22%), hemodialysis (14%), and skilled nursing facility (8%). Efforts to reduce CLABSIs should address patients across the entire health care system.

Keywords: Home infusion therapy; ambulatory bloodstream infections; ambulatory healthcare associated infection; central venous catheter complications; healthcare associated infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / epidemiology
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Bacterial Infections / microbiology*
  • Catheter-Related Infections / epidemiology
  • Catheter-Related Infections / microbiology*
  • Central Venous Catheters / adverse effects*
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology
  • Home Care Services
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Outpatients
  • Retrospective Studies