Reducing infection associated with central venous access devices
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Reducing infection associated with central venous access devices

Katie Scales Consultant nurse critical care, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Charing Cross Hospital, London

Catheter-related bloodstream infection is a recognised complication associated with central venous access devices, and increases patient morbidity and mortality. The national evidence-based epic2 guidelines remain the most comprehensive guidance on the prevention of infection associated with central venous access devices. This article discusses how evidence-based care can reduce the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infection.

Nursing Standard. 25, 36,49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.05.25.36.49.c8517

Correspondence

katie.scales@imperial.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review