Strategies for combating this common foe Scrupulous adherence to preventive measures can turn the tide in the battle against these prevalent and costly bloodstream infections.

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Sarah E. Slaughter, MD

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Postgraduate Medicine:

Volume 116 No. 5


Clinical Features

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DOI: 10.3810/pgm.2004.11.1612
Abstract: The introduction and subsequent widespread use of intravenous catheters have presented physicians a double-edged sword. Although safe and stable vascular access has become essential to modern medical practice, bloodstream infection involving these catheters (particularly central venous catheters [CVCs]) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. In this comprehensive review, the author discusses the most common sources of catheter-related infections, current diagnostic and treatment methods, and graded evidence-based recommendations for prevention of these infections. Slaughter SE. Intravascular catheter-related infections: strategies for combating this common foe. Postgrad Med 2004;116(5):59-66