Bloodstream Infection Solution

Design Out Practice Variation

Every catheter insertion, line access and dressing change is an opportunity for microbes to invade the body. So how are you managing these procedures? Our experts consulted with clinicians nationwide to develop venous catheter insertion and dressing change bundles to help you standardize best practices.

The goal: prevention above all.

The cost of CLABSIs.

Average cost of treating CLABSI per patient—can reach nearly $95,000
6.5 Days2
Average length of additional hospital stay when nosocomial bloodstream infections occur
Readmittance is five times more likely for CLABSI patients
Patient mortality rate with CLABSI ranges from 12 to 25 percent
Percentage of CLABSIs that may be preventable with evidence-based practices

ERASE BSI Comprehensive Solution

Make the Right Way the Only Way

There are numerous guidelines for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). Their primary focus: catheter insertion. But that’s only one small piece. Most complications occur after placement.4,5,6 Our dressing change bundles help you standardize best practices for post-insertion care—and lower CLABSI risk factors. Multiple studies demonstrate that catheter maintenance bundles help improve infection rates.4,5

Our bundled solution includes:

Discovery Assessment

Help identify gaps in practice using a combination of surveys, observations and utilization analyses. Also allows bundles to be tailored to your facility’s specific needs, protocols and products.

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CVC Zone Bundle

Guard against infection with Zone Defense™.

The defining difference in the Zone Defense approach is our layered zone trays. Each layer is designed to promote consistent patient care and safety—thanks to customized bundles that provide all the supplies clinicians need for the procedure in the right place for the right step.

Each zone addresses a step in the venous catheter insertion process and specific objectives that must be met to safeguard against infection.

ZONE 1: The Maximum Barrier Zone protects the patient and clinician from cross-contamination.

ZONE 2: The Catheter Insertion Zone streamlines the insertion process and anticipates the needs of the clinician during the procedure.

ZONE 3: The Site Protection and Accessory Zone supports line securement and post-insertion compliance.

Dressing Change System

Developed by nurses for nurses, our Dressing Change System intuitively guides clinicians step by step through sterile dressing changes.

  • Sequenced to reduce practice variance
  • Provides a sterile work area
  • Uses clear illustrations to prompt correct procedure
  • Completely customizable with your preferred products
  • Removal components are located outside of the sterile field to avoid cross contamination
  • Second set of gloves and hand sanitizer for application procedure

Are your clinicians consistently following aseptic technique? Find out.



Access into IV lines is one of the most common procedures performed in hospitals. So it’s critically important that every access be done aseptically every time. SwabFlush with SwabCap ensures clinicians have a disinfection cap instantly available after flushing to protect the port between line accesses.

  • Includes SwabCap in the back of the flush syringe
  • Is incorporated into a process that nurses always perform
  • Drives compliance

SwabFlush Process

Flush Site
Flush site with an appropriate volume of solution (determined by your institution) and according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use, for maintaining catheter patency.

Remove the Protective Cover
Hold the back of the plunger firmly and remove the protective cover by pulling the tab. Do not remove the SwabCap from white plastic holder.

Turn the Syringe
Turn the syringe so that the back of the plunger is now facing the needleless connector.

Twist the SwabCap
Hold needleless connector in one hand while pushing and twisting the SwabCap in a clockwise direction onto the needleless connector.

Pull off the Needleless Connector
After SwabCap has been twisted into place, gently pull syringe off the needleless connector.

SwabCap Removal
Grasp luer access valve and twist SwabCap counter clockwise away from valve. Remove and discard after each use. Inspect luer access valve to verify that it’s connected securely to the catheter. Valve is ready for access. Upon SwabCap removal, no additional disinfection is necessary for valve access.

Smart Products

NIO Intraosseous Device

The new standard in IO access.
Created in partnership with PerSys Medical, we offer a fast, reliable method of gaining immediate vascular access when time is of the essence. With its intuitive, all-in-one design, NIO easily deploys in 10 seconds or less, and is available in adult, pediatric and infant sizes.

Compass UniversalHg Device

Instant venous pressure confirmation.
With a wide measurement range of both negative and positive pressure readings (mmHg or cmH2O), Compass UniversalHg sets up more easily and accurately than traditional transduction systems. The transducers measure pressure instantly, and are disposable for savings and infection control.

SorbaView SHIELD®

All-in-one securement that stays put.
Our one-step dressing and catheter securement system, SorbaView SHIELD eliminates the need for a secondary securement device. ProvidING a breathable barrier against bacteria, viruses and other contaminants, SorbaView SHIELD’s built-in securement holds up to multidirectional tugging forces to hold the catheter securely in place—meeting 7-day wear timesfor central lines and for 96 hours (or until clinically indicated) for peripheral catheters.

Aegis CHG Disc

Continuous CRBSI protection.
Aegis is a hydrophilic foam disc impregnated with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) that supports clinical best practices and professional guidelines for reducing CLABSI and CRBSI.7,8,9,10 It absorbs exudate and inhibits or kills microorganisms on the dressing’s surface.11

Line Access Kit

Scrubbing the hub seems simple. But there are nurse-to-nurse variations, technique differences and the potential for touch contamination. Our Line Access Kit helps reduce practice variance.

  • Ensures nurses have necessary components at the bedside
  • Builds on the proven effectiveness of SwabFlush with SwabCap to standardize disinfection technique
  • Can be tailored to your protocols and product preferences
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Line Access Kit components include:

Pre-filled syringe

  • First saline flush to establish vein patency

Alcohol prep pads

  • Alcohol pad used before attaching syringe and before the final flush

SwabFlush pre-filled syringe with SwabCap

  • Last saline flush used to push medication in and prevent mixing of drugs
  • Offers clinicians the convenience of having SwabCap ready when needed


  • SwabCap with 70% IPA disinfects valve in 5 minutes •
  • Keeps valve surface disinfected for up to 7 days if not removed
  • Acts as a physical barrier to contamination
  • No swabbing after removal

Education & Training

Online Courses

Medline University gives you and your staff 24/7 access to a growing list of BSI courses, including four CEs.*

  • IV Therapy: Best Practice for Nurses – Describes patient-centered considerations for placement, securement and maintenance
  • Introduction to Central Venous Catheters (CVCs) – Reviews various CVCs, indications for use and evidence-based protocols
  • CLABSI: The Basics of Central Line-Associated BSIs – Discusses the causes and effects of CLABSI, best practices for prevention and the importance of surveillance
  • Sepsis – Defines the disease and explains CMS core measures, including bundles

Onsite Education

In-service training helps keep staff up-to-date on current best practices for dressing change and line access protocols. Our clinical specialists conduct sessions during program implementation and by request.