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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999 Sep;20(9):618-20.

Preventing central venous catheter-related infection in a surgical intensive-care unit.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands.


The cumulative effect of five measures (introduction of hand disinfection with alcohol, a new type of dressing, a one-bag system for parenteral nutrition, a new intravenous connection device, and surveillance by an infection control practitioner) on central venous catheter colonization and bacteremia was studied. Colonization was significantly reduced (P<.025); the decrease in bacteremia was not statistically significant.

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