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.
|Pages (from-to)||453 - 455|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Infection Control|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|