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CDC Releases DRAFT Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections

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November 11, 2009

CDC releases DRAFT guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related

CDC has just released for
public comment the
DRAFT Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related
Infections, replacing those published in 2002.

Major areas of emphasis of these evidence-based guidelines include:

  • Educating and training healthcare personnel who insert and maintain catheters.
  • Using maximal sterile barrier precautions during central venous catheter insertion.
  • Using a 2 percent chlorhexidine preparation for skin antisepsis.
  • Avoiding routine replacement of central venous catheters as a strategy to prevent infection.
  • Using antiseptic/antibiotic impregnated short-term central venous catheters and chlorhexidine impregnated sponge dressings if the rate of infection is high despite adherence to other strategies (i.e., education and training, maximal sterile barrier precautions, and 2 percent chlorhexidine for skin antisepsis).
  • Implementing bundled strategies, documenting and reporting rates of compliance with all components of the bundle as benchmarks for quality assurance and performance improvement.

Download a copy of the
IV Guideline that was announced for review in the Federal Register on November 3, 2009.

Download copies of
other infection prevention guidelines from CDC and professional groups

Comments are due on December 3, 2009

The CDC Web site for comment access is

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