4800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959
During hospital stays, most patients have an IV (intravenous) line. These lines go into small veins and are usually placed in your arm or hand. Some patients may need a different type of IV called a central line. Central lines go into larger veins and may be used when:
It is important that we take steps to prevent blood stream infections caused by the central line. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), hospitals should use a protocol, called The Central Line Bundle. Clinical evidence shows that hospitals can reduce blood stream infections associated with the use of the central line when following the preventive steps below.
The Outer Banks Hospital is committed to preventing central line associated infections. The Central Line Bundle compliance results reflect how closely the above steps were followed.