Preventing bloodstream infections is a daily challenge

Infectious pathogens invading bloodstream

Standardize practice to help reduce CLABSIs

We understand proper insertion and maintenance of venous catheters can be complicated and time consuming. Clinician turnover, patient handoffs and competing clinical priorities can interfere with evidence-based best practices that help prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

In 2019, data from Medline’s BSI Discovery Assessment Findings revealed gaps in key areas such as hand hygiene and aseptic technique that can lead to CLABSIs. And evidence from major healthcare organizations shows that practice variation increases infection rates and hospital costs.

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estimated CLABSIs occur annually in hospitals and nursing homes.1

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patient mortality rate with CLABSI ranges from 12 to 25 percent.2

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estimated average cost to treat CLABSI.3

Our goal is to empower frontline staff with a comprehensive Vascular Access Management Solution that includes the resources, education and training, and the right system of products clinicians need to make CLABSI prevention second nature.

Resources for CLABSI prevention


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Use this guide to help your clinicians recognize and close practice gaps.

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Discover an approach that uses clinician behavior to improve patient safety.

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Identify the top lapses in catheter care. Share the 2019 BSI Discovery Assessment Findings with your staff to help drive consistent practice.



Every port needs a cap
Medline Clinical Resource Manager Jill Nolte reviews current guidelines and recommendations for disinfection cap use, and outlines strategies to support compliance.

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Share these six educational posters on venous catheter insertion, line access and maintenance with your clinicians to help them follow consistent evidence-based CLABSI best practices.

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Guide best practices with intuitively designed bundles

Catheter insertion and maintenance practices can vary widely based on products used, techniques employed and precautions taken. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, our insertion and dressing change bundles contain a complete set of standardized products organized in a step-by-step sequence, making it simple for busy staff to consistently follow best practices.

Gloved clinician's hands lifting out the top tray of a central line insertion bundle

All products assembled in one place to ensure clinicians have everything necessary for the procedure

Clinician rubbing her hands with hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer included to ensure hand hygiene compliance and prevent pathogen spread

Gloved hand picking up a packaged alcohol swab from a pocket in a dressing change system for a central line

Components sequenced in order of use to help reduce variation and minimize contamination risk

Blue surgeon's gown, mesh bouffant cap, pink face mask and hand sanitizer packet in a white tray

PPE placed first to make sure the patient and clinician are protected

Central line catheter dressing change system with components in pockets with labels identifying each procedure step

Instructions and visual cues to guide clinicians through the procedure, reducing variation

CVC insertion checklist and do not enter sign for procedure roo

Checklist and educational materials to ensure all facility protocols are followed

Make CLABSI prevention second nature

Explore our full Vascular Access Management Solution. From best practice guidance and education to the right system of products, we help you drive a culture of safety across your organization.

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Zone in on zero harm™

1. National Healthcare Safety Network. Bloodstream Infection Event (Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection and Non-central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection). Available at: Accessed January 17, 2021.
2. Health Research & Educational Trust. Preventing Harm from CLABSI. Available at: Accessed January 17, 2021.
3. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Estimating the Additional Hospital Inpatient Cost and Mortality Associated with Selected Hsopital-Acquired Conditions. Available at: Accessed January 17, 2021.