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.