Patient safety remains the most important priority for Woodstock General Hospital and this involves ensuring that patients are not at risk for contracting healthcare-associated infections. We are committed to transparency. Beginning April 30, 2009, Woodstock General Hospital is reporting its quarterly Central Line Infection rate. The first reporting period will cover the months of January, February and March 2009.
What is a Central-Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLI-BSI)?
When a patient requires long-term access to medication or fluids through an IV, a central line is put in place. A central line blood stream infection can occur when bacteria and/or fungi enters the blood stream, causing a patient to become sick. The bacteria can come from a variety of places (e.g., skin, wounds, environment, etc.), though it most often comes from the patient’s skin.
Hospitals follow best practices on how to prevent bacteria from entering into a central line. Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) often require a central line since they are seriously ill, and will require a lot of medication, for a long period of time.
Posting CLI-BSI Rates
All hospitals with ICUs are required to report into the Critical Care Information System (CCIS) – a centralized data collection system where hospitals report a variety of critical care information. This information is used to calculate the CLI rate data that must be publicly reported.
The CLI rate is calculated as a ratio per 1000 central line days.
The total “central line days” represents the sum of the number of days during which a patient had a central line in ICU, for example. if there were 2 patients in ICU and each had a central line on April 21,2009the total central line days are 2.
The rate is calculated as follows:
What can patients do to help reduce their chances of infection?
Patients should always follow instructions given to them by your health care team.
Frequent hand hygiene is another way to prevent the spread of infection. Hand hygiene involves everyone in the hospital, including patients. More patient-specific information is available at www.ontario.ca and www.oha.com