What is a Central Line?

Flexible tubes placed by a needle into a large vein usually in the neck or upper chest that allow health care workers to administer treatment (i.e. chemotherapy, IV antibiotics, IV nutritional fluids or dialysis).

What is a Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)?

Laboratory-confirmed blood stream infections that are not secondary to an infection at another site (e.g., urinary tract, lungs) in patients where a central line or umbilical catheter was in place at the time of the infection.

More info on CLABSI.