Bloodstream infections are a critical issue for health care facilities around the world. And 60% of all hospital-acquired bloodstream infections originate from some form of vascular access.1 Some of the most well-known are Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI).
Bloodstream infections can be acquired at the time of insertion or anytime throughout the duration of vascular access. Most happen after insertion.2 Microbes can enter the bloodstream through extraluminal or intraluminal access points. Stay informed about best practices for preventing bloodstream infections.
As your trusted partner in protecting patients, we share your goal of sustaining zero bloodstream infections. And we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve it.
We believe there are three keys to reaching this goal: people, standards, and technology. It’s an effort that requires exacting standards of care, a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to those standards, and technology that adds an additional layer of antimicrobial protection.
Preventing bloodstream infections takes training and commitment. Learn more about 3M resources to help clinicians ensure proper protocols are followed for every patient, every time.
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1. Scheithauer S, Lewalter K, Schröder J, Koch A, Häfner H, Krizanovic V, Nowicki K, Hilgers RD, Lemmen SW. Reduction of central venous line-associated bloodstream infection rates by using a chlorhexidine-containing dressing. Infection. 2014 Feb 1;42(1):155-9.
2. Guide to Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. 2015.