Intravascular Device Infection

Author(s):
Christopher J. Crnich, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine

Section of Infectious Diseases
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Infection Control Department
Center for Trauma and Life Support
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Madison, WI

Dennis G. Maki, MD Ovid O. Meyer Professor of Medicine

Section of Infectious Diseases
University of Wisconsin Medical School
Infection Control Department
Center for Trauma and Life Support
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Madison, WI

Published:
October 3, 2014

Abstract

Intravascular device-associated bloodstream infections are largely avoidable. The goal must not be simply to identify and treat these infections, but rather to prevent them. During the past two decades, much has been learned about the pathogenesis and epidemiology of infections associated with intravascular devices. By drawing upon existent knowledge of the pathogenesis and epidemiology of intravascular device-associated bloodstream infections, rational and effective guidelines for their prevention can be formulated.