Improving Safety and Quality with Best Practices: Focus on Central Venous Access

November 24, 2014

2014-05-15T04:00:00

Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
Diku Mandavia, MD, FACEP, FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer at SonoSite, and clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Southern California

Dr. Mandavia points out that device-associated infections and surgical site infections together account for nearly half of all hospital acquired infections, with infections from central-line placement having reported between 12% and 25% mortality rates.  Hospitals where physician added the use of ultrasound to guide placement of central lines such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have seen overwhelming improvements in this area.

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