Ethanol locks improve catheter-associated infection management

07/24/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

According to a study from the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic, ethanol locks can reduce the rate of catheter-related bloodstream infection in patients on home parenteral nutrition. Researchers examined the use of ethanol locks and CRBSIs from 2010 to 2013 and found the annual rate of new HPN patients discharged with ethanol locks grew from 36.8% to 65% and the rate of CRBSI-related hospitalizations went from 2.20 to 0.41 per 1,000 catheter days.

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