What is a Central Line Infection?

When a patient requires long-term access to medication through an IV, a central line is put in place. These lines are placed in the larger vessels close to the heart. A central line infection can occur when bacteria enters the blood stream, causing a patient to become sick. Patients in the ICU often require a central line since they are seriously ill.

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