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Central Line Infections Are Preventable

Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) can be significantly reduced by using  basic infection prevention methods, as reported by Reuters Health Information service and in Critical Care Medicine. Central lines are used commonly to monitor and treat patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Approximately 120,000 CLABSIs occur each year in ICUs resulting in 31,000 deaths. Five (5) preventive measures reduced these infections by over 80%:

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