Prospective pilot study on the incidence of infections caused by peripheral venous catheters at a general surgical ward

Ines Heinrich, Stephan Geßner, Christian Wegner, Claus-Dieter Heidecke & Axel Kramer
Device-associated infections comprise a significant proportion of all nosocomial infections. In this prospective, observational pilot study the incidence of infections in 89 peripheral venous catheters (PVCs) was documented on a general surgical ward employing an infection data sheet developed by the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Greifswald in adherence to CDC standards for infections. 16 of 20 infections were documented during a four-week time period when medical students in the first four months of...