Prevention of peripheral intravenous catheter-related bloodstream infections: the need for routine replacement

Peter J Collignon, Fiona J Kimber, Wendy D Beckingham and Jan L Roberts
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10735
Published online: 16 December 2013

To the Editor: Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) frequently cause Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia, and a disproportionate number of episodes involve catheters that have been left in place for ≥ 4 days or have been inserted in emergencies.1 Other studies have shown similar results with catheters left in place for > 48 hours or not routinely replaced after emergency placements.2-4

  • Peter J Collignon
  • Fiona J Kimber
  • Wendy D Beckingham
  • Jan L Roberts

  • Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.


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