July 13, 2015
Taking Central Line Infection Prevention to the Next Level
Central venous catheters (CVCs) play an integral role in healthcare, however studies have shown that they are among the most frequent cause of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Their use is associated with a risk of bloodstream infection caused by microorganisms colonizing the external surface of the device or the fluid pathway when the device is inserted or in the course of its use. The Joint Commission’s CLABSI Toolkit notes that HAIs—and CLABSIs in particular—are more and more being viewed as ‘preventable’ events.