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New guidelines to prevent catheter-related infections

Posted on by Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Naomi O’Grady, MD
Naomi O’Grady, MD

Guest Author – Naomi O’Grady, MD
National Institutes of Health
Medical Director, Clinical Center’s Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services.

Recently, hospital-acquired infections have become an important benchmark of hospital quality and patient safety. Many hospitals are now being required to report patient safety data, and some of this data includes infection rates.

I am proud to announce the release of the updated Guideline to Prevent Intravascular Catheter Related Infections. Clinicians and infection control personnel now have the most recent published information on how to best eliminate these types of infections.

Previous prevention efforts have focused on central venous catheter placement in intensive care units, due to the frequency and the profound effect of hospital-acquired infections on ICU patients. They also focused on lapses in insertion techniques that lead to infection. But now we know that maintaining catheters can be equally associated with risk of infection, not just in the ICU but in outpatients too.

New computer technology has allowed hospitals to better track CRBSI on other units and in outpatients, such as those receiving cancer treatment. New data highlighted in the guideline show the need for wider and continued education, and reinforcement of protocols for the care and maintenance of catheters among staff. This guideline will address many issues associated with keeping a catheter in place by emphasizing attention to the details of good catheter care.

Posted on by Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

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    Hi Naomi,
    Great news for catheter patients! The more education and information given about catheter infections the better. I have many friends that complain about the inability to take a shower for fear of infection. Some of the dialysis centers have even suggested that they don’t take a shower to avoid such an infection. I have to assume that there is a way catheter patients can shower and reduce the risk of infection. Where can one go to receive this information and costs associated? Does medicare or insurance companies cover such items. Please advise.
    Brian Seltzer

    Hello Naomi – Impressive data regarding CRBSI. This will greatly help us in our prevention efforts in the Dominican Republic. Thank you.

    Fernando Reyes, MD.

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