What we know about the topic:

  • Recommendations for the use of vascular access care bundles to reduce infection are followed for different devices.

  • The risk of arterial catheter-related infection is comparable with short-term, non-cuffed central venous catheters.

  • There are practice concerns for clinicians inserting and caring for peripheral arterial catheters.

What this paper adds:

  • The selected studies had a theme of decreased infection after using bundled strategies for all devices.

  • Few studies addressed use of bundles for care of peripheral arterial catheters.

  • High quality research should be performed about using care bundles for insertion and care of arterial catheters.


A scoping review of the literature was performed.


To find information on the use of care bundles for care of arterial, central, and peripherally inserted venous catheters.


Data was extracted by 2 independent researchers using standardized methodology


Results of 84 studies included 2 (2.4%) randomized controlled trials, 38 (45.2%) observational studies, 29 (34.5%) quality projects, and 15 (17.9%) reviews. Populations had more adults than pediatric patients. All studies had the most prominent theme of decreased infection in all devices after using bundle strategies.

Discussion and Conclusions:

The mapping of available evidence strongly supports the use of care bundles to reduce infection in the care of all intravascular devices. However, deficiencies regarding practice concerns about insertion and care of arterial catheters highlight areas for future research with the aim to eliminate the gap in the evidence of studies of care bundles for peripheral arterial catheters.

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