The Central Line Bundle

Central Line Placement

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If you practice inpatient medicine and insert central venous catheters, you have likely heard the term central line bundle but were not sure what the bundle was exactly. A bundle is a group of actions that help prevent central venous catheter infections when taken together.

What are the steps of the Central line bundle?

The central line bundle includes five main steps:

  1. Prepare the skin with chlorhexidine.
  2. Wash hands immediately before gloving and gowning.
  3. Use full barrier precautions.
  4. Hat and mask for all in the room.
  5. Remove lines when no longer necessary.

How much do you really know about the Central line bundle?


Does the central line bundle really prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections?

Yes and there is the data to prove it.

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