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Catheter related infections and reinsertion

Our lines are pulled frequently and cultured due to suspected infection and MDs want them immediately replaced.  I have heard there should be a 24-48hr waiting period prior to reinsertion of new line.  What is rationale for this and is this a CDC guideline?  Is this statement in writing somewhere?  I would like to take the information for review in our IV department.

CDC Guidelines only address

CDC Guidelines only address prevention of infection. You need the following article which is a set of guidelines published by the Infectious Disease Society of America on management of infection:

1.    Mermel L, Farr B, Sherertz R, et al. Guidelines for the management of intravascular catheter-related infections. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2001;24(3):180-205.

The answer to your question depends upon many factors discussed in this paper. 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

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