Systematic Assessment of Line infections Via Audit throughout Great Britain to Evaluate management.

Central venous catheter (CVC) infections present significant challenges, contributing to increased patient morbidity and healthcare costs.

The primary goal of this project is to conduct a retrospective, multi-centre data collection audit, assessing the management of CVC infections within secondary care NHS settings.

This audit will be conducted using the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines as the benchmark for evaluating the quality of care provided.

Secondary aims of this project include identification of organisms responsible for CVC infections, and investigation into the presence and implementation of catheter related bloodstream infections guidelines (including line lock antibiotic guidance) across different NHS Trusts.

We are looking to recruit one nominated individual per NHS Trust, to retrospectively identify 15 patients with CVC infections occurring between 1st June 2022 – 31st May 2023 inclusive. The SALVAGE audit database will remain open January – June 2024, giving trainees a 6-month window to collect and submit the data for 15 patients.

National recruitment for this audit will begin in January 2024. This research is intended to be disseminated in academic literature and conferences to help guide future management of line infections. In the situation where this work is published, the nominated trainee at each site (one trainee per Trust) will be offered authorship. Please see the SALVAGE protocol for further information, and email if you would like to get involved!