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Catheter related bloodsteam infection

J R Gowardman, J Lipman, C M Rickard
Intravascular devices (IVDs) are essential in the management of critically ill patients; however, IVD-related sepsis remains a major complication. Arterial catheters (ACs) are one of the most manipulated IVDs in critically ill patients. When bloodstream infection (BSI) is suspected in a patient with an IVD in situ, clinicians have focused their attention on the central venous catheter (CVC) while largely ignoring the AC. Although it would be routine for the CVC to be cultured and replaced if necessary for suspected IVD or catheter-related sepsis, the AC may not be treated in the same manner...
May 2010: Journal of Hospital Infection
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