The Threat of Catheter-Related Infections

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Clinical problem: Catheter-related infections pose a detrimental threat to adult patients in intensive care units with a central line. Effects of an infection include: an increase in the patients’ length of hospital stay, morbidity and mortality rates, and hospital readmission rates.
Objective: To determine if the evidence based practice interventions studied and published can help to decrease the rate of infection occurring in central lines.
Data sources: The search engine that was used to find three randomized controlled trial articles and support my PICOT question was PubMed. Key terms that were used to search for them included intensive care unit infections, chlorhexidine dressings, antiseptic solutions, and prevention methods for catheter-related infections. A clinical guideline for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infection was retrieved from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Results: The clinical guideline from the AHRQ encouraged interventions like the chlorhexidine impregnated sponge, antiseptic solution, and other precautious measures in order to reduce catheter-related infections. The research completed by Atahan and colleagues (2012), Timsit and colleagues (2012), and Timsit and colleagues (2009) concluded that the use of 2% chlorhexidine gel tegaderm dressing, chlorhexidine impregnated sponge, and the antiseptic solution has significantly helped to reduce infection rates in catheters.
Conclusion: After synthesizing the
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