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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 ...

Clot Retrieval Device Approval Expanded

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – Two similar devices that help doctors retrieve blood clots and avoid potential disability among stroke victims have been approved for new uses by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Trevo devices were first cleared in 2012 to help people who could not be given the clot-busting drug t-PA. The devices, when fully expanded to up to six millimeters in diameter, allow ...

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 ...

Stroke Drug May Prevent Dialysis Catheter Infections

Posted 27 Jan 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 26 – Replacing the commonly used blood-thinner heparin with a clot-dissolving stroke drug in dialysis catheters once a week may reduce the incidence of catheter malfunctions and infections, according to new research. Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is a medication normally used to break up stroke-causing clots in the brain. However, when researchers used this ...

New Anti-Clotting Treatment Urged for Cancer Patients

Posted 13 Feb 2009 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 13 – The blood thinner warfarin does not reduce catheter-related blood clots in cancer patients, so new treatments are needed to prevent this complication, says a U.K. study. About 50 percent of cancer patients develop venous thromboembolism, which can be caused by a number of factors, including the use of central venous catheters to deliver infusional chemotherapy, according to ...

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