Comparison of Total Hospital-Acquired Bloodstream Infections to Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections and Implications for Outcome Measures in Infection Control

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The validity of the central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) measure is compromised by subjectivity. We observed significant decreases in both CLABSIs and total hospital-acquired bloodstream infections (BSIs) following a CLABSI prevention intervention in adult intensive care units. Total hospital-acquired BSIs could be explored as an adjunct, objective CLABSI measure.

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