Prevention of central venous catheter–associated bloodstream infections: A questionnaire evaluating the knowledge of the selected 11 evidence-based guidelines by Polish nurses

  • Karina Dedunska
    Address correspondence to Karina Dedunska, MN, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Nursing, The Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 11, Poznan, 60-179, Poland.
    Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Nursing, The Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
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  • Danuta Dyk
    Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Nursing, The Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
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Published:August 23, 2015DOI:


      • Nurses from an intensive care unit had better knowledge about evidence-based recommendations for central line–associated bloodstream infection prevention than nurses from other wards.
      • Nurses were convinced that a polyurethane dressing is a recommended material to cover the catheter insertion site.
      • Only 18.97% of the respondents outside intensive care units and 49.9% from intensive care units knew what agent to use to disinfect the insertion site.
      • Nurses knew when to replace administration sets used for lipid emulsion or blood or blood products.
      This study evaluated the questionnaire testing nurses' knowledge about the maintenance of a central venous catheter (CVC) and assessed it with regard to age, work experience, type of ward, frequency of trainings, and postgraduate education. There were 1,180 questionnaires (N = 784; 66.4% of the total sample) distributed in several regions of Poland for a period of 7 months. The difficulty level for each question ranged from 0.22-0.88.

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