6 Risk Factors for Central Venous Catheter-Related Blood Stream InfectionsCongestive 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:
• Congestive heart failure
• Intra-abdominal perforation
• Clostridium difficile infection
• Recent chemotherapy
• Presence of tracheostomy
• Double or triple lumen
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