Monday, October 31, 2005

Monday October 31, 2005
IHI's 5 essentials to prevent central line infections

Who will disagree with following 5 essentials to prevent central line infections from
IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement).

1. Washing Hands: Before and after palpating the insertion site. (Good to avoid palpation once field is ready).

2. Maximal barrier precautions: yes !! - complete application of sterile drape from head to toe and those “four magic words” - cap, mask, gown and gloves.

3. Use of Chlohexidine as an anti-septic: Proven to be superior than Povidone-iodine(Betadine).

4. Sub-clavian as prefferd site: (may be controversial if operator is not experienced).

5. Daily evaluation of necessity of line: So true !

See IHI’s Central line
complete guide .
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