A prospective study of central venous catheters placed in a tertiary care Emergency Department: indications for use, infectious complications, and natural history

Katrina Diaz, Sean G Kelly, Barbara Smith, Preeti N Malani, John G Younger
American Journal of Infection Control 2012, 40 (1): 65-7
Despite successful efforts to improve overall central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) rates, little is known about CLABSI rates or even central venous catheter insertion practices in the Emergency Department. We sought to determine the baseline CLABSI rate for Emergency Department-inserted central venous catheters and to describe indications for placement, duration of use, and the natural history of these devices.

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