Central line blood infections are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Also known as a central venous catheter, central lines are placed in veins near the chest, neck or groin. A central line is inserted into a vein close to the heart to provide medicine or collect blood. These are not to be confused with IVs, which are generally placed near the arm or hands to provide fluids or medicines.
A blood infection can occur when pathogens (a virus or bacteria) enter the bloodstream through the central line. There are multiple reasons why central-line infections may occur.
These are only three reasons why central line infections occur by the thousands each year. Multiple other types of errors can occur while preparing or maintaining central lines. Many central line infections are preventable, and there are cases where they are caused by negligent medical care. Patients who develop an infection can die or suffer permanent injuries.
You can consult with one of the Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC if you or a loved one were harmed by negligent medical care. We could help you determine whether a central line or hospital-acquired infection may have been caused by medical malpractice.Tagged HospitalSafety, PatientSafety