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Guidelines highlight importance of nurses in preventing bloodstream infections

from Infection Control Today

Nurses are well positioned to stop dangerous and costly bloodstream infections caused by the improper placement of catheters in large veins in the neck, chest or groin, according to guidelines released by the Joint Commission, which oversees accreditation for U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. Central line-associated bloodstream infections needlessly afflict thousands of patients each year, lengthening hospital stays, boosting hospital readmission rates, and driving up the cost of care. more

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