Idle central venous catheter-days pose infection risk for patients after discharge from intensive care

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#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: “Interventions to prevent CLABSIs were poorly implemented. Ward clinicians need education regarding risk management strategies to prevent CLABSIs, and clear accountability processes for prompt catheter removal are recommended.” Burdeu et al (2014).

Reference:

Burdeu, G., Currey, J. and Pilcher, D. (2014) Idle central venous catheter-days pose infection risk for patients after discharge from intensive care. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 42(4), p.453-455.

Abstract:

This prospective observational study measured idle central venous catheter (CVC)-days (no medical indication), and ward clinicians’ adherence to evidence-based practices for preventing short-term central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). In 340 patients discharged from ICU over a 1-year period, 208 of 794 CVC-days (26.2%) were idle. Interventions to prevent CLABSIs were poorly implemented. Ward clinicians need education regarding risk management strategies to prevent CLABSIs, and clear accountability processes for prompt catheter removal are recommended.

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