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A hospital noticed a coincidental increase in intensive care patients developing sepsis, an infection of the blood, and the introduction of a contemporary device to intravenous catheters. The valve was isolated as the key risk factor in the greater incidence of infection rates, none of which resulted in death. The introduction of new hospital equipment always undergoes rigorous testing before and after implementation due to the risk of complications, including infection. The hospital has since withdrawn the device and implored employees to avoid using it, preferring the previous apparatus.
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About: New intravenous catheter component identified as infection source
Date: 9 January 2006
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