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Physicians often unaware when patients’ catheters are left in place

Clinicians at all levels of training and specialties frequently did not know which of their patients currently had central venous catheters, or CVCs, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. CVCs are inserted in both intensive care unit patients and non-intensive care unit patients to provide reliable venous access for tasks [...]

Peripherally inserted central catheters have similar CLABSI risk in vulnerable patients

A new study reports that peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) do not reduce the risk of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in hospitalized patients. PICCs have become one of the most commonly used central venous catheters (CVCs) in healthcare settings since they are considered easier and safer to use, with less risk of CLABSIs. [...]