Revista Clínica Española (English Edition) Revista Clínica Española (English Edition)
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Peripheral venous catheter, a dangerous weapon. Key points to improve its use
Catéter venoso periférico, un arma peligrosa. Puntos clave para mejorar su uso
A. Capdevila-Reniua, J.A. Capdevilab,,
a Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
b Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital de Mataró, Mataró, Spain
Received 22 March 2017, Accepted 22 April 2017

Catheter-related bacteremia is one of the most important causes of nosocomial infection. Is associated to high rates of morbidity and mortality, including an economic burden. Peripheral venous catheter bacteremia is a leading cause of nosocomial infection in internal medicine departments. In this article, we review some important key points to improve its use and avoid infections.


La bacteriemia relacionada con el uso de catéteres venosos es una de las principales causas de infección nosocomial que se asocia a importante morbilidad, mortalidad e incremento del gasto sanitario. El catéter venoso periférico es una causa importante de bacteriemia nosocomial en los servicios y/o unidades médicas. En este artículo revisamos los aspectos más importantes de su uso que pueden contribuir a prevenir la infección relacionada con estos catéteres periféricos.

Catheter-related infection, Catheter-related bacteremia, Nosocomial infection, Prevention, Peripheral venous catheter, Phlebitis, Bloodstream infection
Palabras clave
Infección relacionada con catéteres, Bacteriemia por catéter, Infección nosocomial, Prevención, Catéter venoso periférico, Flebitis, Bacteremia


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