Intravascular Catheter- Related Infections: An Update on Epidemiology and Prevention

  • M. Viviani
  • R. Dezzoni
  • L. Silvestri
  • H. K. F. van Saene


In modern-day medical care, the use of intravascular devices, especially in an intensive care (ICU) setting, is necessary because of the continuous increase in the numbers of catheters inserted, the possibility to administer various fluids and the use of invasive cardiovascular monitoring. However, extensive clinical use of central venous catheters (CVC) is associated with various iatrogenic diseases, particularly local and systemic infectious complications, such as local site infections, intravascular catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI), septic thrombophlebitis, endocarditis and metastatic infections (e.g., cerebral abscess, lung abscess, osteomyelitis).


Central Venous Catheter Intravascular Catheter National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Intravascular Device Catheter Surface 
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  • M. Viviani
  • R. Dezzoni
  • L. Silvestri
  • H. K. F. van Saene

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