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Reducing the risks of device-related infection caused by staphylococci

Intravenous (IV) therapy is a common and frequently essential intervention for patients undergoing medical care. Although this may have a positive effect on the health of the person in receipt of such therapy, it is not without risk. Any breach in the integrity of the skin, caused by wounds, incisions, or the use of penetrating devices such as intravascular catheters, can act as a portal for access to normally sterile tissues by micro-organisms and thereby predispose the patient to ...

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