Intravascular catheter-related infections

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI:
Intravascular catheter-related infections

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Intravenous (IV) catheters are an integral part of patient care. They provide a route for administering fluids, blood products, nutrients, and IV medications. They are also used for monitoring haemodynamic function, for maintaining vascular access in an emergency, and to obtain blood specimens. Many patients with IV catheters have serious underlying diseases, making them more susceptible to infection. This chapter discusses sources of infections, education and training for IV catheter insertion, surveillance of catheter-related infection, pathogenesis, prevention strategies, and parenteral solutions and administration sets.

Keywords: intravenous catheters; infections; catheter-related infection; IV medications

Chapter.  4475 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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