We are working on our "Aim for Zero" which is an HCA project on preventing BSI with central lines. We were discussing femoral
lines and avoidance of etc. The ER director was wondering what would be best an IO or a central line in a femoral vein? What is the
general opinion on this. I am starting to think that a IO might be much less risk of infection because it is not even a central line and of
course once the pt is hemodynamically stable you can hopefully acces a peripheral site or a central line in a much cleaner area. I am not
very familiar with IOs but I would also think that it may not be near as good for rapid volume replacement or multiple drugs since it is
a single line.
If a femoral line is used, I thought the general plan was to remove it in 24-48 hours and put in a better line wether peripheral or central in a better location is that correct?
I appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Gina Ward R.N., CPAN