There is a conventional wisdom that mortality from catheter related bloodstream infection is approximately 5%. However, large studies have shown that the actual mortality rate is closer to 15% or one patient in 7. In a single small study from China, the mortality was 25% higher in patients with CRBSI. These data indicate, that worldwide, even in the most experienced countries, the mortality rate is much higher than is typically believed.
Historically, central venous catheter infections have been considered as the most important feature of extended us of a cvc line. Securement, or more appropriately, the lack of securement has been considered the key feature of peripheral catheter use.………….click……….However, current evidence over the last year and one-half has indicated that there is a convergence of problems and that securement is important for cvc lines while awareness of infections of peripheral lines is increasing. 3M’s dressings are capable of improved securement as well as functioning as a barrier to organisms by virtue of its design. Patient safety is enhanced by the combination of improved securement that results in extended wear for the dressings. In the case of Tegaderm CHG, the ability to release CHG from a 2% CHG gel allows for continued suppression of bacteria.