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Blood infection from a catheter in a large vein

This measure tracks infections caused by a vascular catheter, which is a thin flexible plastic tube inserted into a patient's vein for drawing blood or giving medications. While vascular catheters, also called central lines, are sometimes needed to give certain types of medications, they carry a risk of blood infection, since germs may travel through the catheter into a patient's bloodstream.

Hospitals follow careful guidelines to prevent vascular catheter-associated infections, such as choosing the best sites for inserting a catheter, using the best catheter material, keeping the site clean and removing the catheter as soon as it's no longer needed. Average or lower rates of catheter-associated bloodstream infections may be a sign of that the hospital's health care professionals are carefully following practices to prevent their occurrence.

Blood Infection From a Catheter in a Large Vein

July 2009- 
June 2011

MU Health Care 0.245 per 1,000 patient discharges
U.S. average 0.372 per 1,000 patient discharges

For the above table: Smaller numbers closer to zero are better.

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