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Preventing Central Venous Catheter‐Related Infection in a Surgical Intensive‐Care Unit

Rens Bijma , RN, ICP, Armand R. Girbes , MD, PhD, Dick J. Kleijer , RN and Jan H. Zwaveling , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 20, No. 9 (September 1999), pp. 618-620
DOI: 10.1086/501682
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501682
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Preventing Central Venous Catheter‐Related Infection in a Surgical Intensive‐Care Unit
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Abstract

ABSTRACT The cumulative effect of five measures (introduction of hand disinfection with alcohol, a new type of dressing, a one‐bag system for parenteral nutrition, a new intravenous connection device, and surveillance by an infection control practitioner) on central venous catheter colonization and bacteremia was studied. Colonization was significantly reduced (P<.025); the decrease in bacteremia was not statistically significant.

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