Summary of recommendations: Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-related Infections

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Department of Anesthesiology; Department of Surgery

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Adolescent; Adult; Catheter-Related Infections; Catheterization, Central Venous; Catheterization, Peripheral; Child, Preschool; Cross Infection; Female; Handwashing; Health Personnel; Humans; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Infection Control; Intensive Care Units; Male; Young Adult


Anesthesiology | Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Equipment and Supplies | Health Services Administration


These guidelines have been developed for healthcare personnel who insert intravascular catheters and for persons responsible for surveillance and control of infections in hospital, outpatient, and home healthcare settings. This report was prepared by a working group comprising members from professional organizations representing the disciplines of critical care medicine, infectious diseases, healthcare infection control, surgery, anesthesiology, interventional radiology, pulmonary medicine, pediatric medicine, and nursing. The working group was led by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), in collaboration with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), Surgical Infection Society (SIS), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (ASCCA), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Infusion Nurses Society (INS), Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is intended to replace the Guideline for Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections published in 2002. These guidelines are intended to provide evidence-based recommendations for preventing intravascular catheter-related infections.

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Clin Infect Dis. 2011 May;52(9):1087-99. Link to article on publisher's site

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Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

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