National survey to determine the efficacy of antimicrobial devices to prevent device related infection


Intravenous literature: Saint, S., Greene, M.T., Damschroder, L. and Krein, S.L. (2013) Is the Use of Antimicrobial Devices to Prevent Infection Correlated across Different Healthcare-Associated Infections? Results from a National Survey. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 34(8), p.847-849.


Antimicrobial devices are often used to prevent nosocomial infection, despite mixed evidence as to their efficacy. Using a national survey, we found that a hospital’s use of an antimicrobial device to prevent one type of infection was associated with a higher likelihood that a similar device would be used to prevent a different infection.

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