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The researchers estimated that system-wide implementation of the disinfecting caps would prevent 21 CLABSIs and four deaths each year.
A central line-associated bloodstream infection is a serious infection that occurs when germs enter the bloodstream through a catheter (tube) that doctors often place in a large vein in the neck, chest, or groin to give medication or fluids or to collect blood for medical tests. Contaminated catheter hubs can be a cause of such infections.
“Catheter hub decontamination requires a thorough scrub, and compliance varies,” state the authors. “The approach of using a continuously applied alcohol-impregnated sponge as a cap on the hub for a standard approach to catheter care may eliminate the problem of teaching healthcare providers one additional disinfection process they need to use as part of their busy patient care schedule.” Full text of the article is available to journalists upon request; contact Liz Garman, APIC, 202-454-2604, firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain copies.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS “Continuous passive disinfection of catheter hubs prevents contamination and bloodstream infection” by Marc-Oliver Wright, Jackie Tropp, Donna M. Schora, Mary Dillon-Grant, Kari Peterson, Sue Boehm, Ari Robicsek and Lance R. Peterson appears in the American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 41, Issue 1 (January 2013).