Invasive vascular access device related infections reviewed

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“The most important HAIs are those related to invasive devices: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as well as surgical site infections (SSI).” Al-Tawfiq and Tambyah (2014).

Reference:

Al-Tawfiq, J.A. and Tambyah, P.A. (2014) Healthcare associated infections (HAI) perspectives. Journal of Infection and Public Health. May 23rd. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are among the major complications of modern medical therapy. The most important HAIs are those related to invasive devices: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) as well as surgical site infections (SSI). HAIs are associated with significant mortality, morbidities and increasing healthcare cost. The cited case-fatality rate ranges from 2.3% to 14.4% depending on the type of infection. In this mini-review, we shed light on these aspects as well as drivers to decrease HAIs.

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