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U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review

Posted 21 Nov 2016 by

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – U.S. hospitals have cut in half the number of potentially deadly bloodstream infections linked to so-called central-line catheters since 2008. But, too many critically ill patients are still exposed to dangerous bacteria, a new review from Consumer Reports contends. Central-line catheters deliver medication, nutrients and fluids to a patient through one intravenous line ...

Placing Large Catheter in Vein Under Collarbone Best, Study Finds

Posted 23 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2015 – For patients in intensive care units who need a catheter so they can receive medications easily, one placed in the vein under the collarbone appears to lower the risk of bloodstream infections and clots, a new study finds. The researchers reported that it lowered those risks by two to three times when compared to catheters placed in the large vein in the groin or in ...

Drug-Coated Sponges May Limit Catheter Infections

Posted 24 Mar 2009 by

TUESDAY, March 24 – Adding a sponge soaked in an antibacterial agent to the dressing around the spot where a catheter is inserted appears to reduce the chances that a potentially deadly infection will develop, French researchers report. People in intensive care units (ICUs) usually require insertion of a central venous catheter. In the United States, about 80,000 catheter-related infections ...

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