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  1. Segreti, John MD
  2. *Chair
  3. Garcia-Houchins, Sylvia RN, MBA, CIC
  4. +panelist
  5. Gorski, Lisa MS, APRN, BC, CRNI(R), FAAN
  6. +panelist
  7. Moureau, Nancy BSN, CRNI(R)
  8. +panelist
  9. Shomo, Julie BS, BSN, RN, CRNI(R)
  10. +panelist
  11. Zack, Jeanne PhD, RN, CIC
  12. +panelist
  13. Stachnik, Joan PharmD, BCPS
  14. ++corresponding author
  15. Tanzi, Maria PharmD
  16. [S]contributing author
  17. Moody, Mary Lynn BSPharm
  18. [S]contributing author.


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.