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An Evidence-Based Approach to the Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospitalized Patients

  • Authors: Robert A. Weinstein, MD
  • CME/CE Released: 7/23/2009
  • Valid for credit through: 7/23/2010
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for surgeons, infectious disease specialists, hospitalists, critical care specialists, emergency department physicians, physician assistants, and nurses/nurse practitioners who care for patients at risk for central line associated bloodstream infections.

The goal of this activity is to provide evidence-based information on prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections, including central line associated bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize risk factors for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in hospitalized patients
  2. Identify evidence-based best practices for insertion, care, and maintenance of central lines for prevention of CLABSI
  3. Recognize components of the central line bundle used for prevention of CLABSI.


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  • Robert A. Weinstein, MD

    Professor of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois; Interim Chairman, Department of Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois; Chief Operating Officer, Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Chicago, Illinois


    Disclosure: Robert A. Weinstein, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
    Received grants for clinical research from: Sage Products Inc and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Served as an advisor or consultant for: CDC; Sage Products Inc; and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
    Served on the Board of Directors for: Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Editor and Nurse Planner

  • Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD

    Scientific Director, Medscape, LLC


    Disclosure: Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD, reports no relevant financial interests or relationships.

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An Evidence-Based Approach to the Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospitalized Patients

Authors: Robert A. Weinstein, MDFaculty and Disclosures

CME/CE Released: 7/23/2009

Valid for credit through: 7/23/2010


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