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risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infections in the era of best practice.?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
# of times used: Central lines, like any catheter, should be protected from unnecessary manipulation. We know that the more frequently the catheter is manipulated or "accessed", the more likely an infection will occur in the blood stream. Other causes include obvious breaks in technique and failure to use sterile technique with dressing changes.

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