Infection prevention for families providing central line care at home

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Children living long-term with invasive devices such as central lines, gastrostomy tubes, dialysis catheters, and tracheostomies are an example of a patient group that is particularly vulnerable to infection and who may be cared for primarily at home by family members” Soto et al (2016).

Abstract:

Infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts and research thus far have primarily focused on the acute care setting and on the behaviours and practices of healthcare workers, but recognition is increasingly growing that infection risks are not contained within organizational boundaries, and that many individuals who are not healthcare professionals may be involved in managing those risks. Children living long-term with invasive devices such as central lines, gastrostomy tubes, dialysis catheters, and tracheostomies are an example of a patient group that is particularly vulnerable to infection and who may be cared for primarily at home by family members.

Reference:

Soto, C., Tarrant, C. and Dixon-Woods, M. (2016) What is the right approach to infection prevention and control for children living at home with invasive devices? The Journal of Hospital Infection. January 29th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.12.023

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