Infection risks associated with peripheral vascular catheters

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Zhang, Li, Cao, Siyu, Marsh, Nicole, Ray-Barruel, Gillian, Flynn, Julie, Larsen, Emily and Rickard, Claire M.. 2016. "Infection risks associated with peripheral vascular catheters." Journal of Infection Prevention. 17 (5), pp. 207-213. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757177416655472
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Infection risks associated with peripheral vascular catheters

ERA Journal ID213290
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsZhang, Li (Author), Cao, Siyu (Author), Marsh, Nicole (Author), Ray-Barruel, Gillian (Author), Flynn, Julie (Author), Larsen, Emily (Author) and Rickard, Claire M. (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Infection Prevention
Journal Citation17 (5), pp. 207-213
Number of Pages7
Year2016
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1757-1774
1757-1782
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1757177416655472
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1757177416655472
Abstract

Background: Peripheral vascular catheters (PVC) are the most frequently used invasive medical devices in hospitals, with 330 million sold each year in the USA alone. One in three UK inpatients at any one time has at least one PVC in situ according to the Scottish National Prevalence survey. Method: A narrative review of studies describing the infection risks associated with PVCs. Results: It is estimated that 30–80% of hospitalised patients receive at least one PVC during their hospital stay. Despite their prevalence, PVCs are not benign devices, and the high number of PVCs inserted annually has resulted in serious catheter-related bloodstream infections and significant morbidity, prolonged hospital stay and increased healthcare system costs. To date, PVC infections have been under-evaluated. Most studies focus on central venous catheter rather than PVC-associated bloodstream infections. Risks associated with PVC infection must be addressed to reduce patient morbidity and associated costs of prolonged hospital admission and treatment. Discussion: This article discusses the sources and routes of PVC-associated infection and outlines known effective prevention and intervention strategies.

KeywordsCatheter-related bloodstream infections; infection control; infection risk; peripheral vascular catheters
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420506. Sub-acute care
420501. Acute care
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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