CDC updates guidelines for preventing CSBLIs

The Centers for Disease Control has issued updated guidelines for preventing bloodstream infections in patients with intravascular catheters.  The recommendations were last updated in 2002. 

The updated guidelines include: 

  • Educate healthcare personnel regarding the indications for intravascular catheter use, proper procedures for the insertion and maintenance of intravascular catheters, and appropriate infection control measures to prevent intravascular catheter-related infections.
  • Periodically assess knowledge of and adherence to guidelines for all personnel involved in the insertion and maintenance of intravascular catheters.
  • Designate only trained personnel who demonstrate competence for the insertion and maintenance of peripheral and central intravascular catheters.
  • Ensure appropriate nursing staff levels in ICUs.

The revisions are based on the work of the Michigan Keystone Project, which has been found to significantly lower the rate of BSI’s.  

(Sources: AHA News Now,, April 1, 2011; The Centers for Disease Control,, 2001)