Background Broviac lines are a common source of catheter-associated bloodstream infection (CABSI) in our 22-bed tertiary paediatric intensive care unit (PICU).
Aims To assess data in Broviac lines CABSI cases
Methods Prospective clinical and laboratory data on all PICU admissions for 24 months (3/2010–3/2012), missing data was supplemented retrospectively using electronic patient records. The UK National Patient Safety Association ‘Matching Michigan’ case definitions were utilised to identify bloodstream infections and CABSI. The study was approved by the Clinical Audit Department- a division of the Directorate of Research and Clinical Development at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Results PICU-acquired CABSI rate was 7.35 per 1000 central line days. Device utilisation ratio (CVC days per patient days) was 0.77. Central line associated with CABSI: Broviac line 23 (39%); Triple lumen CVC femoral 14 and jugular 13; ECMO circuit 4; Renal/Vascatheter 3; Portacath 2.
Conclusions In our patient population Broviac lines are commonly associated with CABSI and especially in less than one year age group.