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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) and Central Line Insertion Practices (CLIP) in California Hospitals, 2012 

Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates are important markers for patient safety and the focus of increasing public health, payer, regulatory, and public interest.  It is estimated that more than half of CLABSIs may be preventable if hospitals adhere to all of the recommended central line insertion practices (CLIP), which together are called a bundle, for each central line insertion. This is the fourth public report by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on CLABSIs and CLIP, and the third using information submitted by California hospitals to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).  This report presents California average and hospital-specific CLABSI rates and CLIP adherence percentages for the reporting period January through December 2012. As in prior reports, data are grouped by patient care locations where patients with similar medical conditions receive similar levels of care across hospitals. We provide percentage changes in California average rates in 2012 compared to the period January through December 2011. Monitoring and reporting California CLABSI rates and CLIP adherence percentages by patient care locations provide important information to assess CLABSI rates and CLIP adherence within and between hospitals. These data also provide information for targeting CLABSI prevention resources in California.  Definitions, including CDPH patient care locations, methods, and limitations associated with this report are summarized in Technical Notes.

CLABSI rates are affected by clinical and infection control practices related to the insertion and ongoing care of central lines, risk factors of patients in varying types of care locations, and surveillance methods.  It is important to consider the overall context of these rates. A low CLABSI rate may reflect greater diligence with infection prevention care practices in line insertion and line maintenance care practices, or may reflect less effective surveillance methods that detect fewer infections. Similarly, a high rate may reflect failure to consistently adhere to all recommended infection prevention care practices, or may reflect more complete and accurate infection surveillance.   

To view key findings and public health Actions for this data release, see  KEY FINDINGS

What’s in Key Findings? This document summarizes the key findings from this data release including introduction, important results, and key public health actions and messages. 

To view the percentage change in California average CLABSI rates from 2011 (January – December) through 2012 (January-December), see  Table A

What’s in Table A? This table presents average CLABSI rates by patient care location for two time periods: January-December 2011 and January-December 2012 and presents the percentage change over the time periods for patient care locations with at least 10 reporting hospitals.

To view 2012 California average CLABSI rates and CLIP Adherence Percentages for each patient care location, see  TABLE 1

What’s in Table 1? This table lists the statewide average CLABSI rates and CLIP adherence percentages for each patient care location. The distributions of hospital-specific CLABSI rates are presented by key percentiles for patient care locations with at least 10 reporting hospitals. California average CLABSI rates are the peer-based standards against which individual hospital CLABSI rates are compared and key percentiles provide information on the variability of CLABSI rates reported by hospitals. 

To view the summary table of statistical comparisons of 2012 hospital-specific CLABSI rates with 2012 California average rates for each patient care location, see   TABLE 2

What's in Table 2? Similar to consumer product evaluations, this table provides a visual summary of all hospitals in one "snap-shot" table.  It lists California hospitals (alphabetically), patient care locations, and symbols identifying those hospital-specific locations where CLABSI rates were statistically higher, lower, or no different than state average rates. 

Detailed, hospital-specific CLABSI and CLIP information for each of the patient care locations can be accessed by clicking on either Table 1 or Table 2 above and then clicking on the link for each patient care location. Detailed information for each patient care location includes an alphabetical list of California hospitals; numbers of CLABSI; central line days; and patient days; CLABSI rates and their 95% confidence intervals; symbols indicating patient care locations that were statistically higher, lower, or no different from statewide average CLABSI rates; and CLIP adherence percentages for critical care patient care locations.

To view Hospitals That Were Excluded From Analysis and The Reason For The Exclusion, see  TABLE 40

What’s in Table 40? This table presents hospitals that were excluded from the analysis for the public report, and the reason for exclusion.

To view the Technical Notes for the 2012 data release, see  Technical Notes

What's in Technical Notes? The Technical Notes contain information on the data sources, definitions, risk adjustment methods using CDPH patient care locations, quality assurance and control, statistical methods, and limitations associated with this data release.


For more information on CLABSI prevention, see CLABSI Information

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