Seasonal differences in central line–associated bloodstream infection incidence rates in a Central European setting: Results from prospective surveillance

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      • Highest central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates in third quarter
      • Significant positive correlation of CLABSI incidence rate with precipitation.
      • No association of CLABSI incidence rate and other meteorological variables.
      Using prospectively collected surveillance data at a tertiary care hospital in Central Europe, we investigated seasonal differences in central line–associated bloodstream infection incidence. Central line–associated bloodstream infection incidence rates were highest during the third quarter over an observation period of 24 months. Investigating influence of meteorological parameters identified a significant correlation with precipitation (r = 0.460, P = .023).

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