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Blood infections was posted 04/30/2010 09:51 pm by Anonymous
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Blood infections can happen through any open wound, surgical site or point in the body where the skin is broken (IV port, PICC line, drainage tubes, etc.)

The biggest way to prevent an infection is to make sure the wound site or the port site is kept dry and sterile. All staff touching those sites should be proper gloved and sterile.

Infections are always a risk and some of the infections that are running around hospitals (MRSA) are the worst as they are immune to antibiotics. It is part of the reasons people should NOT take antibiotics for viruses (such as a cold) since they don't do anything to get rid of the viruses and can build up resistance to normal antibiotics.

As long as normal precautions are taken, the risk of developing an infection can be managed.

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