Updated CDC Guidelines Target Infections in Patients With Intravenous Catheters

July 19, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) have updated a guideline, "Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections," designed to help practitioners eliminate bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters, considered to be deadly and costly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).