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Prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes of idle intravenous catheters: an integrative review.

Becerra MB, Shirley D, Safdar N. Prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes of idle intravenous catheters: An integrative review. Am J Infect Control. 2016;44(10):e167-e172. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.073.

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August 3, 2016
Becerra MB, Shirley D, Safdar N. Am J Infect Control. 2016;44:e167-e172.

Prompt removal of intravenous catheters is critical to preventing health care–associated infections. This systematic review found that persistence of idle, or unused, catheters was associated with adverse outcomes. These findings highlight the need to develop and implement practices to reduce the incidence of idle catheters.

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Becerra MB, Shirley D, Safdar N. Prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes of idle intravenous catheters: An integrative review. Am J Infect Control. 2016;44(10):e167-e172. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2016.03.073.