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Unnecessary use of central venous catheters: the need to look outside the intensive care unit



Unnecessary use of central venous catheters: the need to look outside the intensive care unit



Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 25(3): 266-268



We developed criteria for justifiable CVC use and evaluated CVC use in a public hospital. Unjustified CVC-days were more common for non-ICU patients compared with ICU patients. Also, insertion-site dressings were less likely to be intact on non-ICU patients. Interventions to reduce CVC-associated bloodstream infections should include non-ICU patients.

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PMID: 15061422

DOI: 10.1086/502390


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