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Revista chilena de infectología

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GALVEZ, L. Ricardo et al. Physician's adherence to medical indications for invasive procedures in the critical care unit of a university hospital. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2014, vol.31, n.5, pp.528-533. ISSN 0716-1018.

Introduction: Physicians' adherence to pre-established criteria for the indication and/or maintenance of invasive devices is a weak point in infection control programs. Fulfillment of the recommendations for preventing infections associated with invasive devices is essential to reduce their risk. Objective: To assess the adherence of physicians to the standardized criteria for indication of central venous catheter (CVC) and permanent urinary catheter (PUC) and to the application of supervision guidelines. Methods: During a period of 7 months, residents of the Critical Patient Unit monitored the adherence to criteria for indication of CVC and PUC recorded in patients' medical records. This information was compared with current regulations to assess compliance. Results: Between April and September 2009, 2078 supervision guidelines were applied. Invasive devices were identified in 47.7%. 10.4% of CVCs and 19.2% of PUCs did not meet criteria for installation and / or maintenance at the time of monitoring. Conclusions: Adherence of our medical staff to criteria for installation and /or maintenance of CVC and CUP should be improved. Monitoring can be efficiently performed by residents and could reduce infections associated with invasive procedures.

Keywords : Healthcare associated infections; supervision; invasive procedures.

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