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Volume 16/Issue 1, January 2020

Challenges in reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in a tertiary neonatal unit: an ongoing quality improvement project

Asma Yasmeen, Joan McCaffer, Brian Jones, Chris Lilley


Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in neonates can lead to increased mortality risk, prolonged neonatal intensive care unit stays, increased costs of care and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. The potential cause and effect relationships for CLABSI were studied by the neonatal unit at Princess Royal Maternity Glasgow to identify targets for improvement that would be likely to lead to positive change. Incremental QI-based interventions yielded a modest but sustained improvement in average CLABSI rates.

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