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Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

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A central line is a catheter that gains direct entry into the bloodstream with the tip sitting either within the superior vena cava or inferior vena cava, or within one of the great vessels of the neck. This type of catheter occasionally allows pathogens to gain direct entry into the bloodstream.

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<p>What is a Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection, or CLABSI? A central line, like the name implies, is a catheter that gains direct entry into the bloodstream with the tip of a line sitting either within the superior vena cava or inferior vena cava, or within one of the great vessels of the neck. As a result of its central location, this type of catheter can occasionally allow pathogens to gain direct entry into the bloodstream. If this occurs, because of the location of the catheter, patients become unwell very quickly. This is why prompt assessment, recognition and treatment of CLABSIs </p>

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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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