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Moving Beyond Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections: Enhancement of the Prevention Process.

The provision of medications and other treatments via intravenous (IV) therapy has provided millions of health care patients with extended benefits. IV therapy, however, is also associated with complications, such as associated bloodstream infections. Understanding the mechanisms of development and the factors that have contributed to the recent increases in such health care-acquired infections assists in formulating new preventive strategies that include the implementation of hospital-onset bacteremia, an innovative model that requires surveillance and prevention of bloodstream infections associated with all types of vascular access devices, expansion of vascular access service teams (VAST), and use of advanced antimicrobial dressings designed to reduce bacterial proliferation over the currently recommended time periods for maintenance of IV catheters.

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