Preventing Catheter-Related Infections

Guidelines from the CDC for preventing infection once a central line has been placed.

Cleaning and Maintaining a Catheter
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-Disinfect clean skin with an antiseptic during dressing changes
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-Change dressings at least weekly for adult and adolescent patients
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-Do not use topical antibiotic ointment or creams on insertion sites
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(except when using dialysis catheters)
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-Do not submerge the catheter under water; showers are permitted
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if the catheter and connected device are protected with an impermeable cover
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-Replace peripheral venous catheters at least every 72 to 96 hours
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in adults to prevent phlebitis and infiltration
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-When adherence to aseptic technique can’t be ensured, replace catheters
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as soon as possible and after no longer than 48 hours
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-Replace short-term central venous catheters (CVCs) if purulence
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is observed at insertion site, which indicates infection
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-Replace CVCs if patient is hemodynamically unstable and CRBSI is suspected
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-Do not use guidewire techniques to replace catheters if CRBSI is suspected
Created by Smith62. This checklist is public.
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