Preventing Pediatric CLABSI

Course Request

Learning Objectives

  • Anatomy challenges with size
  • Extravasation & line management
  • Maintaining catheter hygiene

Course Description

As in adult central line associated blood-stream infection (CLABSI) prevention, adherence to evidence-based safety practices can lower the rate of and even eliminate pediatric CLABSI. However, the presence of central line catheters (CVCs) in children carry unique challenges.

Did you know…

  • Pediatric catheters are smaller than adult catheters and more prone to complication.
  • Child anatomy is smaller than adult anatomy, which leads to difficulties with dressings and the locations of insertion sites.
  • CVCs in children have a high potential for extravasation and line migration.
  • Pediatric CVCs require special attention due to the age diversity of children, their constant motion, and the difficulties of maintaining proper catheter hygiene.

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Nurses

Time to Complete: 60 Minutes

Contributor: Children’s Hospital Colorado


Children’s Hospital Colorado

Author Information

As a private, not-for-proft pediatric healthcare network, Children’s Hospital Colorado is 100% dedicated to caring for kids at all ages and stages of growth. With more than 3,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees, the hospital provides comprehensive pediatric care at the Anschutz Medical Campus inAurora and several locations throughout the region.