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.

Hefner JL, Fareed N, Walker DM, Huerta TR, McAlearney AS
Am J Infect Control in press 01/09/2019

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.

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