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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

A central line-associated bloodstream infection, or CLABSI, is a type of infection of the blood that is associated with the use of a central line (central venous catheter). A central line is a tube inserted into a major vein in a patient’s chest, neck, arm, or groin that is used to take blood or to give medications. Central lines are usually in place for a long period of time and are very common in healthcare facility intensive care units. Germs (bacteria) that are present on or in the central line can enter the bloodstream and cause a CLABSI.

CLABSI Quick Facts


Page reviewed and updated:  October 2021