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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Bloodstream Infections

Bloodstream Infections

Bloodstream infections occur when germs enter the bloodstream through a central line. A central line is a tube that healthcare providers place in a large vein in the neck, chest, or arm to access the bloodstream quickly and easily. The central line is used to give fluids, blood, or medications to a patient. When an infection occurs in the bloodstream from the presence of a central line, it is referred to as a Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI); also known as a Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infection. All patients with a central line are at risk for a CLABSI.


Learn more from the CDC about CLABSI by clicking here. For more information about catheter-associated bloodstream infections, click here.


Bloodstream infections extend the stay of a patient in the healthcare setting and account for 12-25% of mortality rates.