Hilton Head Hospital intensive care unit nurse Michelle Cox holds a central line on Thursday. "This is really a pretty complicated piece of machinery," she said. The end of the device, at right, runs directly to a patient's heart and can be used to monitor heart functions as well as deliver medication. New infection-prevention steps used when inserting the catheters have eliminated bloodstream infections at the hospital in the past year.
Hilton Head Hospital intensive care unit nurse Michelle Cox holds a central line on Thursday. "This is really a pretty complicated piece of machinery," she said. The end of the device, at right, runs directly to a patient's heart and can be used to monitor heart functions as well as deliver medication. New infection-prevention steps used when inserting the catheters have eliminated bloodstream infections at the hospital in the past year. Jay Karr
Hilton Head Hospital intensive care unit nurse Michelle Cox holds a central line on Thursday. "This is really a pretty complicated piece of machinery," she said. The end of the device, at right, runs directly to a patient's heart and can be used to monitor heart functions as well as deliver medication. New infection-prevention steps used when inserting the catheters have eliminated bloodstream infections at the hospital in the past year. Jay Karr

Hilton Head Hospital reins in bloodstream infections

March 11, 2011 06:27 PM