What criteria is everyone using to report infected PICC lines?Â
How is everyone reporting?Â Do you separate inpatient infections from outpatient?Â Do you separate PICC lines from other central lines?Â Â And what infection rates are you having?Â Â
Does anyoneÂ know what theÂ national average of infections forÂ PICC lines only would be?
Currently we report using INS standard of blood culture and cath tip positive with same organism, however that does not correlate with our Infection Control practitioner, as she uses the CDC criteria.
Using CDC criteria,Â of positive blood with line presentÂ (The surveillance definitions for catheter-associated BSI includes all BSIs that occur in patients with CVCs, when other sites of infection have been excluded.) Â likely over estimates the occurance.
The real problem is created when a physicianÂ suspects a picc line infection, has blood cultures drawn, but not catheter tip.Â We have not gone to time to positivity as of yet.