Central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections: improving post-insertion catheter care.

IM Shapey, MA Foster, Tony Whitehouse, P Jumaa, Julian Bion

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Patients with central venous catheters (CVCs) are at increased risk of bloodstream infections and sepsis-related death. CVC-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) are costly and account for a significant proportion of hospital-acquired infections. The aim of this audit was to assess current practice and staff knowledge of CVC post-insertion care and therefore identify aspects of CVC care with potential for improvement. We conducted a prospective audit over 28 consecutive days at a university teaching hospital investigating current practice of CVC post-insertion care in wards with high CVC usage. A multiple choice questionnaire on best practice of CVC insertion and care was distributed among clinical staff. Rates of breaches in catheter care and CRBSIs were calculated and statistical significance assumed when P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-22
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of hospital infection
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2009


  • Quality improvement
  • Central venous catheter
  • Intensive care unit
  • Healthcare-associated infection
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI)


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