Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections

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December 6, 2013 by , Director of Infection Prevention at Springhill Medical Center


Catheter-associated bloodstream infections are infections that occur in someone who has had a tube (central, central catheter) placed in a large vein in his or her neck, chest, arm, or groin. This catheter may be left in place for a long time. This can cause bacteria to grow in the bloodstream.

Causes of a catheter-associated bloodstream infection can occur when bacteria or other germs travel down the catheter and enter the blood.

Symptoms:
  • Feeling sick
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Red and sore skin around the catheter

Treatment:
  • Prescribed antibiotic medication.
  • The catheter may be removed.

Infection Prevention at Springhill Medical Center:
  • A vein will be chosen that has a lesser risk for infection.
  • Hand hygiene before putting in the catheter.
  • The doctor or the PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) Nurse will wear a mask, cap, gown, and gloves when inserting the catheter.
  • The skin at the site will be cleaned with chlorhexidine gluconate/alcohol antiseptic.
  • A chlorhexidine gluconate patch will be placed on the site with a breathable dressing.
  • Caps will be used on the lines that have neutral pressure and the caps will be scrubbed with chlorhexidine gluconate/alcohol antiseptic.
  • Ports on the catheter will be protected with alcohol caps.
  • Dressing will be changed as needed and at least every 7 days.
  • The catheter will be removed when it is not needed anymore.

We are proud of are low infection rate and we will continue to show our infection prevention efforts. If you should have any questions please call Beth Beck, Director of Infection Prevention at Springhill Medical Center 460-5329.
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