HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Simple intervention nearly eliminates catheter-related bloodstream infections

As many as 28,000 patients die each year in the U.S. because of catheter-related bloodstream infections, but doctors and nurses who implement simple and inexpensive interventions can cut the number of deaths to nearly zero, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

"This type of improvement has never been demonstrated, but there is no reason that ICU's across the country can't implement these interventions to achieve similar results," said Sean Berenholtz, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and of surgery at Johns Hopkins and lead author of the study published in the October issue of Critical Care Medicine.

The simple interventions, which include a system for educating nurses and doctors about infection control, streamlining the catheter insertion process, and a safety checklist, are believed to have prevented over 40 infections, eight deaths and saved nearly $2 million in additional health care costs during the four-year study at Johns Hopkins, says Berenholtz.

Patients in ICUs have an increased risk of bloodstream infections because nearly half of them require catheters - tubular medical devices usually inserted into a blood vessel -- for delivering fluids and medications during treatment, according to Berenholtz.

The ICU researchers partnered with hospital epidemiologists to study catheter-related infection rates from 1998 through 2002 at two Johns Hopkins ICUs that care for adult patients undergoing general, cardiac, transplant, trauma, vascular and orthopedic surgery. Rates were calculated based on the number of infections per 1,000 catheter days, defined as the number of patients with a catheter for one day. One ICU served as a control where patients received standard care. In the other ICU, they implemented a series of interventions that included educating ICU staff on the prevalence and prevention of catheter-related infections, creating a catheter insertion car
'"/>

Contact: Trent Stockton
tstockt1@jhmi.edu
410-955-8665
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
30-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Simple intervention encourages sun protection behaviors
2. Simple blood test may help to predict cardiovascular risk in older women
3. Simple question from your doctor can help identify your risk for breast cancer
4. Simple treatment could prevent many child malaria deaths
5. Simpler blood thinning medication effective for preventing blood clots and stroke
6. Simpler alphabet guidelines for treating acute coronary syndrome reduce risk
7. Simple sputum test for confirmation of childhood tuberculosis
8. Simple interventions for accident and emergency patients could help reduce excessive drinking
9. Simple tests could signal and prevent heart disease in women, says Pittsburgh researcher
10. Simpler, cheaper way to make and fit prosthetics developed
11. Simple, easy acts in pregnancy and childbirth might protect against incontinence

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... donated 1,400 N95 face masks to medical first responders across the United States. ... make donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) medical centers , hospitals ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Genesis Chiropractic Software and Billing Network ... of its integrated, HIPAA compliant, telehealth solution, available to US-based clients immediately. With ... seconds. , According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... support services to dental groups in the United States, today announced the grand ... of Beaumont, CA. , Patients will enjoy convenient hours, a comfortable office, ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... , ... August 31, 2020 , ... A Cure for Covid-19 “PTS” with Mediation & ... the planet are in a state of panic, experiencing deep anxiety, immense stress, and right ... a solution is timely when most people on the planet are experiencing a great degree ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... PASADENA, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 ... ... and leadership experience working, both directly with persons with autism and other developmental ... clinical expertise includes early intervention, parent education, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... Mara C. Weinstein ... Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in Upstate New York. She ... Boston, with clinical faculty from the Harvard and Yale Departments of Dermatology and ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... Breast and ovarian cancers are common ... About 3% of breast cancers (about 7,500 women per year) and 10% of ovarian ... BRCA2 genes. Both genes are detectable in the Women’s Excellence Genetic Testing Program. ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... in New York City you will always pay more for these two things: real estate ... demand, but are plastic surgeons in New York worth the premium prices that they charge? ... four-hour trip to have expert aesthetic treatments by some of the best doctors in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: