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*Use a chlorhexidine/silver sulfadiazine or minocycline/rifampin -impregnated
CVC in patients whose catheter is expected to remain in place >5 days if, after successful
implementation of a comprehensive strategy to reduce rates of CLABSI, the CLABSI rate is not
**Use such catheters in the following instances: i. Hospital units or patient populations
CLABSI rate above institutional goals despite compliance with basic CLABSI prevention practices.
Some evidence suggests that use of antimicrobial CVCs may have no additional benefit in patient
care units that have already established a low incidence of catheter infections. ii. Patients have
limited venous access and a history of recurrent CLABSI. iii. Patients are at heightened risk of
severe sequelae from a CLABSI (e.g, patients with recently implanted intravascular devices, such
as a prosthetic heart valve or aortic graft).
The Arrowg+ard Blue Plus® CVC is contraindicated for patients with known
hypersensitivity to chlorhexidine and silver sulfadiazine and/or sulfa drugs.
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