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

Gabrielle Burdeu, Judy Currey, David V Pilcher

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453 - 455
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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