6 Risk Factors for Central Venous Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infections

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Congestive heart failure is a risk factor for hospital-acquired peripherally inserted central venous catheter-related blood stream infections, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Researchers studied adult patients with PICCs placed from Jan. 1, 2006 through July 31, 2008 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The researchers identified the following independent risk factors for PICC BSIs:

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•    Congestive heart failure
•    Intra-abdominal perforation
•    Clostridium difficile infection
•    Recent chemotherapy
•    Presence of tracheostomy
•    Double or triple lumen

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