Healthcare Quality

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in ICUs and select wards, Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR)

About this data measure

  • CLABSIs are dangerous and expensive, resulting in thousands of deaths and costs billions of dollars each year across the United States. (Source: CDC)
  • Rhode Island’s CLABSI Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) improved since 2017.
  • Since June 2018, Rhode Island’s SIR has remained below 1, which means there were fewer infections than predicted.

Measure Source: Medicare Care Compare

How to interpret the Standardized Infection Ratio:

- If the SIR > 1.0, then more infections were observed than predicted, based on the 2015 national aggregate data.

- If the SIR < 1.0, then fewer infections were observed than predicted, based on the 2015 national aggregate data.

- If the SIR= 1.0, then the same number of infections were observed as predicted, based on the 2015 national aggregate data.

Interpretation source: CDC, for more information, visit CDC's NHSN SIR Guide.

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) over time