Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections
The Impact of Hospital-Acquired Bloodstream Infections
|CVCa-related||remaining if new|
|Attributable||deaths from||catheters prevent||No. of lives|
|mortality rate (%)||bloodstream infectionsb||45% of deaths||saved|
aCVC = Central venous catheter.
bAssumptions in this analysis: 200,000 bloodstream infections/year, 35% attributed to CVCs, 45% prevented with antibiotic-bonded catheters. Previous studies showed 175,000-350,000 nosocomial bloodstream infections/yr, 70% of which were related to central venous catheters; 90% of central venous catheter-related bloodstream infections prevented with antibiotic bonded catheters (11).