Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Central line-associated bloodstream infections

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are serious infections that can result in longer hospital stays, increased costs and risk of death. They are among the deadliest types of health care-associated infections with a mortality rate of 12 to 25 percent. Experts estimate that the average cost of care for a patient with CLABSI is $45,000, representing approximately $2 billion in annual costs to the U.S. health care system. 

MHA has developed a CLABSI road map outlining evidence-based recommendations and standards for the development of prevention and quality improvement programs that align process improvements with outcome data. Road maps reflect published literature and guidance from relevant professional organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified proven practices. MHA’s Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Committee provides expert guidance and oversight to all health care-associated infection road maps. 

The CLABSI road map covers central line insertion, maintenance and monitoring, and is intended to be used in all patient care areas in acute care hospitals.

MHA members can log in to the website at the top-right corner of this page to view the CLABSI road map. 


  • CLABSI Prevention Strategies – HAI Learning Network Webinar
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    Presentations include: Melissa Fradette, MSN, RN, CCRN, and Ellen Simonson, RN, MPH, CIC, St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health Priya Sampathkumar, M.D., FIDSA, FSHEA, and Jean Barth, MPH, RN, CIC, Mayo Clinic Rochster
    November 2017
  • The Impact of Rounding on HAI prevention – HAI Learning Network Webinar
    Presentations include:
    "Impacting Hospital Acquired Conditions through Kamishibai Card Rounding" Jennifer Liedke, BSN, RN, CPN Senior Safety Specialist, and Jessica McNab, MHA Quality Improvement Manager, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital "Central Line and Foley Rounding" – Ellie Carter and Ryan Sagorski, Infection Prevention, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
    March 2018