Another Q & A . . . CLABSI and the PICC Inserter

Question from cg on 1/10/2014: Is there any article that supports when the PICC nurse who inserts the PICC causes the CLABSI? How many days of PICC insertion can be attributed to the inserter versus care and maintenance?


The issue of attributing CLABSI to the inserter is one of general debate. CLABSIs are applied to inserters within the first 48 hours, 5 days, 7 days and 10 days. I’ve seen many conflicting policies and no one really knows. The best article on the subject in my opinion is the James Davis’ Central-Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection: Comprehensive Data-Driven Prevention; Citation: Published in the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority 2011 Patient Safety Advisory Vol 8, No 3 – September 2011.  To review the article, click here. Excellent question! (reply on 1/27/2014)



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