Reducing catheter-related bloodstream infections

In this multicenter trial of patients with arterial or central venous catheters, patients were randomized (2 X2 factorial design) to dressing changes every 3 or 7 days, and to either standard dressings or chlorhexidine gluconate-impregnated sponges (CHGIS). CHGIS reduced catheter-related bloodstream infections from 1.3 to 0.4 (per 1000 catheter days), and the q7 day dressing changes were non-inferior to the q3 day dressing changes (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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