Researchers identified six risk factors for hospital-acquired peripherally inserted central venous catheter-related blood stream infections, including congestive heart failure and Clostridium difficile infection, according to findings reported in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The study reviewed data on adult patients with PICCs administered from Jan. 1, 2006, through July 31, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

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