Prevention of central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections

Mark E. Rupp, Rita Craig

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Bloodstream infections related to the use of central venous catheters are common in hospital settings. They cause a substantial amount of morbidity and add significantly to the cost of health care. Guidelines have been published on preventive measures, but such measures must be implemented systematically for success in preventing these infections. Useful steps include instructing all personnel who manage catheters with interactive educational programs, practicing cutaneous antisepsis, following aseptic insertion technique, and using antibiotic- and antiseptic-impregnated catheters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages5
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Catheter complications
  • Infection, nosocomial
  • Preventive medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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