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August 10, 2009

Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections: The Challenge to Do Better

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(15):1353-1354. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.216

The Institutes of Medicine has outlined the enormity and staggering costs associated with medical errors and iatrogenic complications, with estimates in the billions of dollars.1 Many industries have long used simulators to improve proficiency, especially where errors are catastrophic.2 Simulators are emerging as fundamental tools in medical education, not only in their use to develop expertise in rare procedures or events like cricothyrotomy and pediatric resuscitation, but also to potentially reduce complications and errors in common procedures such as central catheter placement.3-5