Brief report| Volume 41, ISSUE 12, P1275-1277, December 2013

Are hospitalized patients aware of the risks and consequences of central line-associated bloodstream infections?

Published:October 10, 2013DOI:
      We surveyed patients to determine awareness and knowledge regarding risks and consequences of a central line and found that most patients were aware of the signs and symptoms and the negative outcomes of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). Forty percent thought that education regarding CLABSI could be improved, 22% could not recall discussing risks of infection of a central line with a health care worker, and only 46% of patients recalled receiving an informational flyer in the hospital regarding CLABSI. Our results suggest that efforts to involve and engage patients in interventions for CLABSI prevention are likely to be of benefit.

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