Reduced duration of catheter use may lower CLABSI risk in newborns

11/12/2013

The likelihood of newborns getting central line-associated bloodstream infections increased over the initial two weeks after insertion of a peripherally inserted central catheter and remained elevated until removal, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. The findings challenge the protocol of keeping devices intact until an infection or a complication arises, and "suggest that device removal should occur as early as possible and occur preemptively," lead researcher Aaron Milstone said.

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