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