Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

What is a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI)?

Bloodstream infections are serious infections typically causing a prolongation of hospital stay and increased risk of mortality.  Many of these are associated with the presence of a central line.  CLABSIs can be prevented through proper management of the central line.

CLABSI Surveillance

infection surveillance

The Department of Infection Prevention & Control performs CLABSI surveillance for patients on all inpatient units. 

Like most hospitals, OHSU uses the CDC's NHSN CLABSI definitions and methodology. For more information on this, check out the following links:


NHSN CLABSI definition

NHSN device-associated module

NHSN overview

Publicly Reported Infections

Currently OHSU is required by the State of Oregon to publicly report central line-associated bloodstream infections from our adult medical and surgical ICUs as well as our neonatal ICU.  Hospitals throughout the state are required to participate in the Healthcare Acquired Infection (HAI) reporting program, which is overseen by Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR) under the Oregon Health Authority.  For more information on the requirements and to view the latest HAI reports, visit the OHPR website.