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A central line-associated bloodstream infection, or CLABSI, is a laboratory-confirmed bloodstream infection introduced through a central line device.
A central line is a long, flexible catheter used to deliver fluids or medications over a prolonged length of time, usually several weeks or more. These catheters are often placed in the arm, neck, or chest. A catheter is placed through the skin and into a large vein, and then manipulated until it reaches a larger vein near the heart.
A bloodstream infection can occur when pathogens are introduced in the blood via the central line.
Here at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we take precautions when inserting and accessing the line:
On average, we report one central line infection for every 675 days that patients have a central line in our hospital.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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