Navigation Links
Dramatic Drop in Blood Infections Among ICU Patients: CDC
Date:3/1/2011

TUESDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a dramatic decline in bloodstream infections in intensive care unit patients with central lines, but the number of these infections in general remains too high, a new U.S. government report shows.

From 2001 to 2009, the number of bloodstream infections in intensive care unit (ICU) patients with central lines fell by 58 percent, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. That decrease represented up to 27,000 lives saved and $1.8 billion in excess health care costs, according to the CDC Vital Signs report.

However, the report also showed that an estimated 60,000 bloodstream infections in patients with central lines occurred in non-ICU settings, including kidney dialysis clinics (about 37,000 in 2008) and hospital wards (about 23,000 in 2009).

A bloodstream infection can occur when germs enter the blood through a central line, which is a tube placed in a large vein of a patient's neck or chest. The cause of these infections is often a lack of proper procedures in the placement or maintenance of the central line.

Bloodstream infections in patients with central lines are fatal in as many as 25 percent of cases, the report noted.

The large decrease in bloodstream infections in ICU patients with central lines shows that preventing these infections is possible and that the same preventive practices must be adopted in other health care settings.

"Preventing bloodstream infections is not only possible, it should be expected. Meticulous insertion and care of the central line by all members of the clinical care team, including doctors, nurses and others at the bedside is essential. The next step is to apply what we've learned from this to other health care settings and other health care-associated conditions, so that all patients are protected," CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said in an agency news release.

More information

The American Thoracic Society has more about central lines.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, March 1, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. CustomerCentric Selling Helps BCC Software Dramatically Boost Sales Performance and Produce Record Results
2. Drug dramatically reduces nausea and vomiting in bone marrow transplant patients
3. Youth baseball throwing arm injuries are rising dramatically
4. Reducing Energy Consumption Dramatically: Green IT Conference Addresses Administration's Goals
5. Worldwide Sales in March Increase Dramatically At Tahitian Noni International
6. Smarter use of existing treatment helps dramatically boost survival of young AML patients
7. New lung cancer drug shows dramatic results for shrinking tumors
8. New anti-viral drug shows promise for dramatic improvement in hepatitis C treatment
9. New antiviral drug shows promise for dramatic improvement in hepatitis C treatment
10. Smart drug targets new mutation, dramatically shrinks aggressive sarcoma and lung cancer
11. Smoking among some adults dropped dramatically in past three decades
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Dramatic Drop in Blood Infections Among ICU Patients: CDC
(Date:10/13/2017)... Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... movement in medicine known as “patient engagement.” The patient is doing more than filling ... research partners. , “There is an increasing emphasis in health care and research ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International Association of ... of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening of early ... in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. , The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office of Somekh ... law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office remain up ... network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel was ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset ... of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will ... services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, ... week that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the ... cryptic and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... 25, 2017   Montrium , an industry ... today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection ... that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected eTMF ... TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European contract research ... increase transparency to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , Sept. 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing ... of targeted tissues, announced three leadership team developments today:   ... ... ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the leading platform for environmental, ... first annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The ... EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly 800,000 data points across ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: