Health care-acquired infections are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in all patient care settings. In 2009, a consensus conference was held to evaluate practices and recommendations for the prevention and control of one specific type of health care-acquired infections, those associated with central catheter use. The conference had 2 purposes—-to provide a tool for quality changes within health care institutions regarding central catheter infections and to empower those who are responsible for implementing policies needed to reduce the risk of these infections. The findings of the expert panel assembled for the conference are presented in this article.
*Chair; †panelist; ‡corresponding author; §contributing author.
Professor, Section of Infectious Diseases, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Segreti); Director, Infection Control Program, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois (Ms Garcia-Houchins); Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Ms Gorski); PICC Excellence, Rincon, Georgia (Ms Moureau); President, Infusion Solutions, Columbus, Ohio (Ms Shomo); Manager, Infection Prevention Control, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri (Ms Zack); Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Group, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Stachnik); Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Group, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Tanzi); and Director, Business Development, Clinical Assistant Professor, Drug Information Group, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Ms Moody).
Correspondence: Joan Stachnik, PharmD, BCPS, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, 833 S Wood St, Chicago, IL 60612 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
John Segreti received his MD degree from Rush Medical College in 1980 and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Rush University Medical Center. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, Rush Medical College, and a Senior Attending and Hospital Epidemiologist, Rush University Medical Center.
Sylvia Garcia-Houchins has more than 25 years of experience in infection control, in both hospital and long-term-care settings, as well as 8 years of experience in clinical microbiology. She is currently the Director of the Infection Control Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Lisa Gorski has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Milwaukee for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health for more than 20 years. She also holds a position at the University of Wisconsin–College of Nursing, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees. Ms Gorski is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is on the editorial board for Home Healthcare Nurse.
Nancy Moureau is a Vascular Access Consultant, educator, and PICC specialist. She is also the founder and CEO of PICC Excellence Inc and has been a Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI®) since 1987, through the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation. Ms Moureau provides intravenous consulting and training services to hospitals, individuals, and manufacturers as well as legal expert services, curriculum development, and research.
Julie Shomo has vast experience in critical care and infusion therapy as a practicing nurse for 20 years. For the past 7 years, she has been an Infusion Specialist at a large hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Ms Shomo is active in quality improvement and research at her hospital and also enjoys opportunities to share her passion for quality infusion therapy at speaking engagements.
Jeanne Zack is the manager of Infection Prevention and Control at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St Louis, Missouri, and is certified in Infection Prevention and Control. Dr Zack graduated in 1980 from the Barnes Hospital School of Nursing, in 1995 from Maryville University, and in May 2008 from the University of Missouri–St Louis with her PhD in nursing.
Joan Stachnik is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Stachnik completed both her Bachelor's degree in pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago and is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Her current practice site is the Drug Information Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Stachnik has authored a number of published papers and educational programs on topics of interest to practicing physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.
Maria Tanzi is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy. She graduated with her PharmD degree in 2001 and completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice with an emphasis on cardiovascular therapeutics. Currently, she works in the Drug Information Group and focuses on medical writing and formulary management.
Mary Lynn Moody is currently the Director of Business Development for the Drug Information Group and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Mary Lynn completed her Bachelor's degree in pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
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