Proper central line practices cut risk of PICU-related infections

11/2/2011 | Nurse.com

A three-year study of 29 pediatric intensive care units revealed that proper daily care and maintenance of central venous catheters reduced the number of infections by 56%. However, additional interventions such as antiseptic scrubbing of the device's cap and use of antiseptic-soaked sponges at the insertion site did not significantly reduce infection rates, researchers said. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.

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