New CDC guidelines on bloodstream infections

By: April 5th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The CDC updated its nine-year old guidelines on preventing bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters on Friday, April 1.  The revisions come from a new project called the Michigan Keystone Project: On the CUSP: Stop BSI that will be implemented in facilities nationwide. The new guidelines address a number of topics.

  • Training and Staffing
  • Selection of Catheters and Sites
  • Peripheral Catheters and Midline Catheters
  • Central Venous Catheters
  • Hand Hygiene and Aseptic Technique
  • Maximal Sterile Barrier Precautions
  • Skin Preparation
  • Catheter Site Dressing Regimens
  • Patient Cleansing
  • Catheter Securement Devices
  • Antimicrobial/Antiseptic Impregnated Catheters and Cuffs
  • Systemic Antibiotic Prophylaxis
  • Antibiotic/Antiseptic Ointments
  • Antibiotic Lock Prophylaxis, Antimicrobial Catheter Flush and Catheter Lock Prophylaxis
  • Anticoagulants
  • Replacement of Peripheral and Midline Catheters
  • Replacement of CVCs, Including PICCs and Hemodialysis Catheters
  • Umbilical Catheters
  • Peripheral Arterial Catheters and Pressure Monitoring Devices for Adult and Pediatric Patients
  • Replacement of Administration Sets
  • Needleless Intravascular Catheter Systems
  • Performance Improvement

Click here to download Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011


By Paula ashley on April 6th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hi Theresa,
Hope you are well.
You probably have these new guidelines already.
I was most curious about the PICC line recommendations.
Has Lakeview started to train on PICC insertion yet?
Miss you,

By Shelly Wisdom on April 6th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Thank you very much for making this information available.

By lou dunlap on July 27th, 2011 at 10:53 am

I have a question on draping for picc and cvc insertions. I often see drapes used with a perforation at the patients face. does this violate the guidelines? in patient areas- there are not poles like in an or or cath lab to pin the drape to. i see either people using the drape with an opening – or just folding the drape down to expose the patients face.


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