About this Research Topic
Such complications not only affect the patient’s prognosis but also reduce the quality of life and increase medical costs. Catheter-related complications are likely to be influenced by the healthcare environment, temperature, humidity, and disease severity. Although several reports on central venous catheters exist, knowledge on the prevention and treatment of complications for peripheral venous catheters, PICCs, arterial and dialysis catheters, is lacking, particularly in critically ill patients.
Most reports have described indwelling catheters inserted in less severely ill patients admitted to general wards. However, patients with different disease severity, medical environment, temperature, and humidity may receive different classes of drugs and present varying complications and risk factors. This topic aims to provide a general understanding and new insights into the epidemiology and the risk factors of complications from intravascular indwelling catheters inserted in hospitalized patients, both critically and non-critically ill.
This Research Topic is aimed to provide a general understanding and new insights into the epidemiology and the risk factors of infections from intravascular indwelling catheters inserted in hospitalized patients, both critically and non-critically ill.
The following are some of the topics of particular interest with regards to critically ill patients. However, any study on intravascular indwelling catheters inserted into any hospitalized patient group is also welcome.
• Impact of differences in the healthcare environment temperature and humidity on catheter-related complications.
• Epidemiology of catheter complications.
• Identification of risk factors, including drugs, treatment options for complications, and other new findings regarding improving catheter management.
• Novel approaches and intervention studies to prevent complications from the use of intravascular catheters.
Keywords: Epidemiology, Complication, Risk factor, Peripheral intravascular venous catheter, Central venous catheter, Peripheral inserted central venous catheter, Dialysis catheter, Arterial catheter, infections
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