Avoid invasive devices (including central venous catheters, endotracheal tubes, and urinary catheters) and, if required, use no longer than necessary. They pose a major risk for infections.
|Rationale and Comments:||Invasive devices are often necessary for patient support; however, they are a major risk for health care-associated infections. We are learning they can often be avoided and, if used, can be quickly removed with the help of clinical reminders and protocols. They should never be used for convenience.|
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