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New SHTAC research article on educational interventions to prevent catheter related bloodstream infections

Published: 2 December 2013

A new research article on the cost effectiveness of educational interventions to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections in intensive care units has been published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.

The latest issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection features an article reporting the results of a cost effectiveness analysis of educational interventions to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections in intensive care units.  Catheter-related bloodstream infections increase patients' length of stay in hospital and their risk of health complications and death. There is growing evidence that these infections are preventable through the use of evidence-based educational interventions. The study, based on a systematic review and economic model, found that educational interventions to prevent catheter-related blood stream infections improved patient life expectancy and reduced overall costs. The full report of this project will be published in Health Technology Assessment, one of the suite of open access journals in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library series, in early 2014.

For more information on SHTAC's research in infectious diseases please visit our Research page.

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