Jersey City Medical Center hails 7 straight years without CLASBI for neonatal patients


The Jersey City Medical Center is hailing going seven straight years without a Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in one of their neonatal patients.

Jersey City Medical Center Director of Nursing for Maternal Child Services Leah Dungee presents President/CEO Michael Prilutsky with a ”7” pin to mark the hospital’s milestone of seven years without a CLABSI infection in its NICU. Photo courtesy of the JCMC.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Level III NICU at JCMC provides services to newborns in need of specialized and intensive care, primarily infants born prematurely, but also those who are born with cardiac or respiratory issues, congenital anomalies, or other complications.

In some instances, a central line, also called a central venous catheter, must be used to deliver intravenous fluids, nutrition, or medicine to infants.

“These babies are obviously quite small and fragile, and the risk of infection can pose serious complications,” said Dr. Ameth Aguirre, the medical director of NICU and Newborn Services.

“For this reason, we take both the placement and the maintenance of central lines very seriously.”

JCMC President and CEO Michael Prilutsky also offered praise to his staff over their accomplishment.

“Jersey City Medical Center’s NICU is the only provider of complex specialized newborn care in Hudson County, and this remarkable achievement is a testament to the dedication of our talented and skilled staff,” he said.

“I join our leadership team and medical staff in applauding their diligence and hard work on behalf of our smallest and most vulnerable patients.”