'Care Bundle’ Prevents Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Ambulatory Pediatric Cancer Patients

November 12, 2013

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A central line “care bundle” implemented in the ambulatory setting reduced the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and bacteremia by 48 and 54 percent, respectively, in children with cancer, according to data from Johns Hopkins available online ahead of print in Pediatrics (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0302). Measuring infection rates in ambulatory patients is “incredibly hard to do,” Amy L. Billett, MD, Director of Safety and Quality at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, tells Oncology Times. “The fact that clinicians were also able to bring down infection rates is phenomenal.”

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