International Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Patient Safety

Reputable published guidelines and standards for catheter care and management are available from several societies and health organizations. Links to these organizations are provided here for your reference.

Name of Guideline Organization Website
Access Device Standards of Practice for Oncology Nursing (2017). [U.S.] Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) www.ons.org
Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (2016). [U.S.] Infusion Nurses Society (INS) www.INS1.org
Advancing Excellence in Health Care: Recommendations for Patient Safety and Infection Prevention (2012). [U.S.] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) www.ahrq.gov
How-to Guide: Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (2012). [U.S.] Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) www.IHI.org
Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections (2011). [U.S.] Interagency report www.cdc.gov
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infection (2009). [U.S.] Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) www.idsociety.org
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Manual: Patient Safety Component Protocol (2009). [U.S.] Centers for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov
Nursing Best Practice Guideline: Care and Maintenance to Reduce Vascular Access Complications (2005). [CAN] Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) www.rnao.org
Standards for Infusion Therapy (2016). [U.K.] Royal College of Nursing (RCN) www.rcn.org.uk
epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals (2014). [U.K.] Journal of Hospital Infection, commissioned by Department of Health (UK) www.journalofhospitalinfection.com
Infection Control: Prevention of Healthcare–Associated Infections in Primary and Community Care (2012). [U.K.] National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) www.nice.org.uk
ESPEN Guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition: Central Venous Catheters (Access, Care, Diagnosis and Therapy of Complications) (2009). [EU] European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) www.espen.org