The CDC has updated it’s guidelines (last published in 2002) on the prevention of catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Primary recommendations include best practices, most of which have been embedded into checklists, including: proper staff training on insertions, appropriate skin prep for insertion and maintenance, avoiding unnecessary line changes, and avoiding femoral site access. The full guidelines can be found at (guidelines)
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.