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Survey of guidelines and practices used for prevention of CVC-associated infections

posted 12 Feb 2013, 07:46 by Eoin McGrath   [ updated 9 Jul 2015, 01:13 ]
In 2009, the Infectious Diseases Working Party of EBMT with other international bodies introduced updated guidelines for infection prevention in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation setting. The prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) is one of the key components of these guidelines. The central venous catheter infection prevention bundle consists of hand hygiene, full barrier precautions, cleaning the insertion site with chlorhexidine, avoiding femoral sites for insertion, and removing unnecessary catheters.

So far the implementation of those measures has not been studied in EBMT centres and there is a need to assess how the guidelines for CLABSI prevention are implemented in European HSCT centres and if the implementation of those guidelines has influence on survival after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
More information on this survey is available at www.ebmt.org.