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Table 2 Responses to the ‘Knowledge of CLABSI Prevention Questionnaire’

From: Prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections: a survey of ICU nurses’ knowledge and practice in China

Question number Question Number Percentage of answers (%)
1 It is recommended to replace Central Venous Catheters (CVCs) routinely   
(A) Yes, every 7 days 383 45.87
(B) Yes, every 3 weeks 227 27.19
(C) No, only when indicated* 136 16.29
(D) I do not know 89 10.66
2 In settings with a high rate of catheter-related infections it is recommended to use a CVC coated or impregnated with an antiseptic agent   
(A) Yes, in patients whose CVC is expected to remain in place for > 5 days* 485 58.08
(B) No, because the use of such catheters is not cost-effective 102 12.22
(C) No, because the use of such catheters does not result in a significant decrease in the rate of catheter-related infections 115 13.77
(D) I do not know 133 15.93
3 It is recommended to change the dressing on the catheter insertion site…   
(A) Every 2 days 257 30.78
(B) Every 7 days 205 24.55
(C) When indicated (e.g., soiled, loosened) and at least weekly* 280 33.53
(D) I do not know 93 11.14
4 It is recommended to cover up the catheter insertion site with…   
(A) Polyurethane dressing (transparent, semipermeable) 374 44.79
(B) Gauze dressing 128 15.33
(C) Both are recommended because they do not affect the risk for catheter-related infections* 237 28.38
(D) I do not know 96 11.50
5 It is recommended to disinfect the catheter insertion site with…   
(A) 70% alcohol 275 32.93
(B) 2% chlorhexidine gluconate with alcohol* 328 39.28
(C) Povidone-iodine 118 14.13
(D) I do not know 114 13.65
6 It is recommended to apply an antibiotic ointment at the insertion site of CVC   
(A) Yes, because it decreases the risk for catheter-related infections 356 42.63
(B) No, because it causes antibiotic resistance* 178 21.32
(C) No, because it does not decrease the risk for catheter-related infections 153 18.32
(D) I do not know 148 17.72
7 When blood, blood products, or lipid emulsions are administered through a CVC, it is recommended to replace the administration set…   
(A) Within 24 h* 467 55.93
(B) Every 72 h 184 22.04
(C) Every 96 h 69 8.26
(D) I do not know 115 13.77
8 When liquids other than blood, blood products, or fat emulsions are administered continuously the administration set should be replaced   
(A) Every 24 h 448 53.65
(B) Every 48 h 183 21.92
(C) Every 96 h* 91 10.90
(D) I do not know 113 13.53
9 It is recommended to use an antiseptic agent to clean the access hub or connector before the connection of the administration set or after unscrewing the dead-end cap closes the catheter   
(A) Yes, by spraying the access site with 70% alcohol solution or alcohol chlorhexidine solution 285 34.13
(B) Yes, by wiping with 70% alcohol solution or alcohol and chlorhexidine solution for no less than 15 s* 309 37.01
(C) It is not recommended because no evidence has been found for the relation between the disinfections of the connecting site of the administration set and the contamination of fluids or the insertion hub 124 14.85
(D) I do not know 117 14.01
10 When manipulating the catheter insertion site and hubs, it is recommended…   
(A) To obviate hand hygiene if gloves are used and water for hand hygiene before manipulation 203 24.31
(B) To use clean or sterile gloves and alcohol solutions/antiseptic soap* 493 59.04
(C) Hand hygiene is only necessary before catheter insertion 36 4.31
(D) I do not know 103 12.34
11 It is recommended to replace pressure transducers and tubing routinely…   
(A) Yes, every 4 days* 354 42.40
(B) Yes, every 7 days 280 33.53
(C) No, only when indicated 90 10.78
(D) I do not know 111 13.29
  Total correct answers (%)   36.56
  1. *Indicates the correct answer