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Complications associated with central venous catheters include infection, phlebitis, and catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI). These complications can be avoided following certain measures:

  • Hand washing

  • Choosing appropriate sites for catheter insertion

  • Using the appropriate type of catheter material

  • Full barrier precautions during insertion of CVCs

  • Chlorhexidine for skin disinfection

  • Avoidance of the femoral insertion site

  • Changing catheter administration sets at appropriate intervals

  • Ensuring proper catheter-site care

  • Removal of catheters when no longer indicated



CHLORHEXIDINE BATHING — Daily chlorhexidine bathing for ICU patients may reduce MRSA and VRE colonization.

STERILE TECHNIQUE —This includes strict adherence to hand washing and aseptic technique, sterile gloves, long-sleeved surgical gown, a surgical mask, and a large sterile sheet drape.

INSERTION SITE PREPARATION —  Chlorhexidine-based solutions are superior to both aqueous and alcohol-based povidone-iodine in reducing the risk for catheter colonization and CR-BSI.

DRESSING — The type of dressing at the insertion site may affect the rate of catheter infection.

Transparent versus gauze — Most studies have demonstrated a higher rate of colonization and infection with transparent compared to gauze dressings for CVCs.

Chlorhexidine — Use of a chlorhexidin gluconate-impregnated sponge in intravenous catheter dressings may reduce catheter-related infections.

Topical antimicrobials — DO NOT use topical antimicrobial ointments for CVC related infections EXCEPT for CVCs used for haemodialysis in which topical antimicrobial ointments significantly reduce both catheter-related infection and bacteremia.



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