Recommendations from a formalized expert consensus -Good practice and risk management for the use of PICC (Peripherally inserted central catheter) 2016
« PICC » are central catheters, whose peripheral insertion relies on access via a sufficiently large brachial vein. The anglo-saxon origin of this technique has led to the dedicated term of « PICC » or Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheter to wrongly describe these catheters.
The use if the PICC has encountered a recent revival in France. This device has nevertheless been well known for many years, and intensive care workers used it in the 1960s as a replacement for central venous catheters (CVC), at a time when there were often complications arising from the use of the latter devices. They were, and are still used in neonatology, and under these circumstances are known as a Jonathan catheter.
It was thus necessary to draft recommendations on the indications for PICC, with respect to other forms of venous access, to control their use, and to provide recommendations on the specificities of these devices. This is a vast topic, and to our knowledge these are the first recommendations to provide a detailed description of the indications for, and insertion and maintenance of PICC.
this document is the translation of the French version released in December 2013.Download
PREVENTION OF INFECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH TOTALLY IMPLANTED VENOUS CATHETERS - MARCH 2013
The guideline « Prevention of infections associated with the use of totally implantable venous catheters » was conducted under the auspices of the French Society for Hospital Hygiene (SF2H). It united a considerable number of learned societies and organizations involved in this issue, The methodology was rigorous, and involved the use of a formalized expert consensus, the method recommended by the French National Authority for Health (HAS).Download
RISK OF FUNGAL INFECTIONS AND CONSTRUCTION WORK IN HOSPITALS - MARCH 2011
The French society for medical mycology (SFMM) and the French society for Hospital Hygiene (SF2H) have coordinated a group of experts in this field (mycologists, medical hygiene specialists, infection control specialists, hematologists and engineers), in order to prepare, and make available to hospitals and the relevant actors, this technical guide on the risk of fungal infections in hospitals during construction work. Above all, its aim is to provide elements, which can be used in the identification of risks, and the implementation of precautions for its management.Download
SURVEILLANCE AND PREVENTION OF HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS - SEPTEMBER 2010
This work is the third edition of the French national guidelines following the 1992 and 1999 issues. The work has been conducted by the SF2H on behalf of the French Health Ministry and the Higher Council for Public Health. The recommendations of the National Health Service (UK) were used as a model for constructing the drafting methodology. At the end, 170 recommendations have been released by the expert panel to cover as far as possible the whole topic of HAI control.Download
CROSS-CONTAMINATION PREVENTION : ADDITIONAL CONTACT PRECAUTIONS - APRIL 2009
On behalf of the French Technical Committee for Nosocomial Infections, the SFHH performed a wide formal expert consensus leading to these national guidelines. How and when implementing contact precautions? Could standard precautions alone be enough? What are the targeted bugs and how to screen them? This is the French “point de vue”.Download
PREVENTION OF PERIPHERAL VENOUS CATHETER-RELATED INFECTIONS - NOVEMBER 2005
Though it lasted from 2005, the French society for hospital hygiene decided to translate its guidelines for clinical practice focused on peripheral venous catheter-related infections. Despite a wide daily use, peripheral venous catheter is rarely the main target of prevention guidelines may be due to some lack of scientific data. It appears to us important to share at the international level, the vision of the French experts and the choices they made.Download