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Neonatal central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) prolong hospital stay, cause worse neurodevelopmental outcomes including cerebral palsy and increase mortality.1 More premature infants are at increased risk and often require central lines for longer. Insertion and accessing techniques also play a role, with guidelines varying between neonatal units (NNUs). The Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU) calculates CLABSI rates for each UK NNU from BadgerNet data. Results are published in the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) annual report.2
The CLABSI rate will be influenced by the accuracy and completeness of BadgerNet data. The number of central line days is taken from babies’ daily …
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