Zero Central Line Infections in Our Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units in 2009
For children with illnesses that require longer hospital stays or long-term treatments it’s common to get a central line (a long, thin, flexible tube that’s surgically placed into the larger veins of the neck or groin and travels to a large blood vessel near the heart). Having a central line enables doctors and nurses to draw blood and provide medications to kids for as long as medically necessary, sparing them the fear and stress of repeated needle sticks.
Unfortunately, central line infections can happen if bacteria enter the catheter and get into the child’s bloodstream. Every year catheter-associated bloodstream infections cause added medical costs, illness, and (on rare occasions) death in hospitalized adults and children worldwide.
However, if your child needs a central line the last thing you’re probably thinking about is an infection. At Nemours, we make sure that’s one less worry on your mind. We take every precaution to ensure that our patients don’t get a central line infection. And our efforts are making a real difference in the health and safety of the newborns and children we treat.