What if: a patient had a central line inserted in the ICU; 6 days later the patient has a positive blood culture; and the patient meets the definition for laboratory confirmed bloodstream infection (LCBI). Would this patient be counted as a CLAB infection? 5/20/2005
If the line was not discontinued, it would be counted as a CLAB. If the line were to be discontinued on day 4 or earlier, it would not be counted as a CLAB.