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Intervention 5 - Catheter and catheter site care. Guidelines for preventing infections associated with the insertion and maintenance of central venous catheters. EPIC - UK Department of Health, 2001.


This guideline makes recommendations on both the standard principles for preventing healthcare associated infections and measures for preventing infections associated with three specific aspects of care - the use of long-term urinary catheters, enteral feeding systems and central venous catheters. Recommends preferably using a sterile, transparent, semipermeable polyurethane dressing to cover the catheter site.