Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections

General Principles

  • Vascular catheters should be removed when no longer needed for care.
  • Subclavian central venous catheters (CVCs) are associated with lower CRBSI rates than internal jugular CVCs, whereas femoral CVCs have the highest rates and should be avoided or removed within 72 hours of placement.
  • SC tunneling and use of antiseptic-impregnated CVCs may further reduce the incidence of CRBSI. Routine exchange of a CVC over a guide wire is not recommended.

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