Published in Blood Weekly, December 21st, 1998
Bloodstream infections resulting from intravenous catheters are a serious medical problem. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, estimates that in the U.S. alone, 250,000 hospitalized patients contract bloodstream infections each year. These infections most commonly derive from the use of invasive devices such as intravenous catheters. More than 90 percent of the...
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