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Interventional Radiology
December 9th, 2015

Bloodstream infections hurt

Catheter-related and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CRBSIs/CLABSIs) hurt. They hurt patients by putting their lives at risk, increasing their length of hospital stay, and causing untold stress and anxiety. CRBSIs/CLABSIs also hurt hospitals by harming their reputations and Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) scores, and putting them at risk for federally mandated penalties that can have a serious impact on a hospital’s bottom line.

Process + SpectrumWhen process alone is not enough to prevent CRBSIs/CLABSIs, Cook Spectrum® PICCs and CVCs can help.1


Follow the links below to learn more about how bloodstream infections hurt and how Cook Spectrum can help.

HAC Featured ImageUnderstanding the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program.
In this post we explain how the HAC Reduction Program works and how it could affect your hospital’s bottom line.



butler-article-280x280Bloodstream infections hurt patients.
This post tells the story of a Cook employee’s wife who suffered a CRBSI while in the hospital and how a Cook Spectrum PICC helped prevent the infection from reoccurring.



NurseFeature-SquareMeet our clinical specialist team.
Over the past six years, Cook Medical has assembled a world-class clinical specialist team. Comprised of four nursing professionals with a combined 114 years of clinical nursing experience, the team was created to help train our customers on Cook Medical vascular access products and how to best use them to provide superior patient care.


Cook Clinical Specialist JaredPreventing CLABSIs: the importance of training
“The most important part of a training program is establishing the needs of the hospital’s team,” says Cook clinical specialist Linda Burns. “We like to meet with the facility and customize a program that meets its particular challenges.” Read more.



To learn more about Cook Medical’s clinical specialist team and to discuss training needs, e-mail us at

1Ramritu P, Halton K, Collignon P, et al. A systematic review comparing the relative effectiveness of antimicrobial-coated catheters in intensive care units. Am J Infect Control. 2008:36(2):104-117.