Increased Peripheral Venous Catheter Bloodstream Infections during COVID-19 Pandemic, Switzerland

Emerg Infect Dis. 2024 Jan;30(1):159-162. doi: 10.3201/eid3001.230183. Epub 2023 Dec 8.


Studies suggest that central venous catheter bloodstream infections (BSIs) increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. We investigated catheter-related BSIs in Switzerland and found peripheral venous catheter (PVC) BSI incidence increased during 2021-2022 compared with 2020. These findings should raise awareness of PVC-associated BSIs and prompt inclusion of PVC BSIs in surveillance systems.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS; SARS-CoV-2; Switzerland; bacteria; bloodstream infection; catheter; coronavirus; coronavirus disease; peripheral-line; respiratory infections; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; surveillance; viruses; zoonoses.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia* / complications
  • Bacteremia* / epidemiology
  • COVID-19* / complications
  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Catheterization, Peripheral* / adverse effects
  • Catheters / adverse effects
  • Cross Infection* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Sepsis* / etiology
  • Switzerland / epidemiology