Health insurance database identifies peripheral vascular catheter nosocomial infections

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“Using the main French health insurance company database over a ten-year period, the preventability of catheter-related infections of patients who claimed compensation after prosecution was reviewed by a panel expert.” Gagneux-Brunon et al (2014).

Reference:

Gagneux-Brunon, A., Timsit, J.F., Lepape, A. and Berthelot, P. (2014) Vascular catheter-related infection claimed to health insurance company: often preventable. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. May 20th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Using the main French health insurance company database over a ten-year period, the preventability of catheter-related infections of patients who claimed compensation after prosecution was reviewed by a panel expert. They occurred in 71 patients with few comorbities or risk factors for nosocomial infection and were mainly related to the use of a peripheral vascular catheter (42 cases) and due to Staphylococcus aureus (51 cases). 42 infections were considered as preventable. Infections due to peripheral venous catheters were significantly more often preventable than those due to central ones (p<0.05). We conclude that catheter-related infection mostly perceived by the patient and justice as not related to unforeseeable medical complications are mainly peripheral catheter infections due to S. aureus and might be appropriate target for new preventive strategies.

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