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Karen Day
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Counting Central Line Days

When counting central line days, do you count the day of insertion as day number 1 or 0?  Does anyone have any published data or references regarding this.  My IC department is asking and I felt that we should count insertion day as day 1 - especially since some of these are put in rather early in the day.  thanks for any input.


Your infection prevention

Your infection prevention specialist can find this information in many APIC references. There are guidelines for how to count these in APIC Elimination Guide: Guide to Elimination of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection. Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

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Milner, GA 30257


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