I am looking for national averages for insertion related infections for central lines.Â I appreciate your help.
Cat Johnson RN
I have never seen data expressed as insertion-related. It is usually labeled as extraluminal, which is related to the amount of biofilm on the external side of the catheter and this is due to organisms from the skin. Look at this article:
1. Safdar N, Maki D. The pathogenesis of catheter-related bloodstream infection with noncuffed short-term central venous catheters. Intensive Care Medicine. 2004;30(1):62-67.
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