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Piccs just as bad as cvc for inpt clabsi

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Vineet Chopra, John C O'Horo, Mary A M Rogers, Dennis G Maki, Nasia Safdar
BACKGROUND: Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are associated with central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). The magnitude of this risk relative to central venous catheters (CVCs) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To compare risk of CLABSI between PICCs and CVCs. METHODS: MEDLINE, CinAHL, Scopus, EmBASE, and Cochrane CENTRAL were searched. Full-text studies comparing the risk of CLABSI between PICCs and CVCs were included. Studies involving adults 18 years of age or older who underwent insertion of a PICC or a CVC and reported CLABSI were included in our analysis...
September 2013: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
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