Catheter-Related Infection

  • Shubjeet Kaur
  • Stephen O. Heard


Intravascular catheters are an inherent part of medical practice and may be inserted for a wide variety of indications from the basic (administration of medications or fluids) to the complex (e.g., hemodynamic monitoring of critically ill patients). One significant risk associated with the use of these catheters is infection. The infection may be local (suppuration at the site of insertion), thereby resulting in patient discomfort and the inconvenience of changing the site, or systemic, resulting in bacteremia, osteomyelitis, or endocarditis. The annual incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) caused by central venous catheters in the intensive care unit is approximately 80,000 (1). Contrary to earlier studies, recent data suggest that when patients are stratified according to severity of illness, the mortality due to CRBSI is not increased. However, hospital length of stay and costs ($3,700 – $34,000 per episode) associated with treating the bacteremia are substantially increased (1,2). This chapter focuses on the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of catheter-related infections.


Central Venous Catheter Infect Control Hosp Silver Sulfadiazine Catheter Colonization Nosocomial Bloodstream Infection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shubjeet Kaur
    • 1
  • Stephen O. Heard
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA

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