Report: Tenn. infants have higher risk of central-line infections

High-risk infants in Tennessee are 40% more likely to contract blood infections through central lines than the national average, and the risk for the smallest babies is even higher, according to a state report. The higher risk could be caused by improper insertion or insufficient maintenance of the lines, health officials said. The state last year implemented a best-practices program that aims to reduce the infection rate by 50% in the next five years.

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