Preventing central venous catheter-related infection in a surgical intensive-care unit

Rens Bijma, Armand R. Girbes, Dick J. Kleijer, Jan H. Zwaveling

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-620
Number of pages3
JournalInfection control and hospital epidemiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999

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