Invasive devices increase risk of infection

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 24 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1501
  1. Stephanie Swafford
  1. Clegg scholar, BMJ

    A patient is seven times more likely to acquire an infection in hospital if an invasive device is used, according to a report from the Public Health Laboratory Service.

    Invasive devices such as urinary catheters or intravenous lines are used increasingly often, …

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