Central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Why is this measure important?
What does this measure show?
This measure tracks the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections of patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. During the reporting period, calendar year 2012, Northwestern Memorial's performance is not statistically significantly better or worse than the national average.
The central line-associated blood stream infection rate for this measure is expressed as Observed to Expected (OE) Ratio, which is the observed (actual) rate of bloodstream infections compared to the expected rate of bloodstream infections. The OE Ratio for CLABSI is also commonly referred to as the Standardized Infection Ratio.
A value of 1.0 means that the rate of bloodstream infection is exactly as expected. A rate higher than 1.0 means that the rate is higher (worse) than expected, and a rate below 1.0 means that the rate is lower (better) than expected.
In this case a lower number is better.