Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia associated with peripherally inserted central catheters: the role of chlorhexidine gluconate-impregnated sponge dressings

Michael J Loftus, Cosmin J Florescu and Rhonda L Stuart
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00092
Published online: 7 April 2014

To the Editor: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is an important health care-associated infection that is often related to indwelling vascular catheters.1 Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are increasing in popularity for providing long-term central access, enabling earlier hospital discharge and reducing inpatient costs.2 Despite increased use of PICCs, little has been published on the risks of PICC-associated SAB (PA-SAB). We sought to characterise the frequency of PA-SABs at our institution and analyse the effect of using a chlorhexi-dine gluconate-impregnated sponge (CHGIS) dressing on the PA-SAB rate.

  • Michael J Loftus1
  • Cosmin J Florescu2
  • Rhonda L Stuart1

  • 1 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Diagnostic Imaging, Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC.

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