Central venous catheters (CVCs) are used for the administration of intravenous fluids, blood products, medications, and parenteral nutrition, and they provide access for hemodialysis and other forms of long-term treatment, such as chemotherapy.
Widespread and essential, CVCs are also the most frequent cause of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections. Central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are often preventable, and rates can be reduced, if not eliminated, by adherence to evidence-based guidelines.
This course reviews best practices, including relatively simple interventions such as sterile technique, disinfection, and (most critically!) hand hygiene, as well as more sophisticated interventions, such as the use of antimicrobial lock solutions and line materials.