Antimicrobial central venous catheters

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Intravenous literature: Theofilos M.,Walz, J.M., Adams, J.P., Johnson, K., Longtine, K., Longtine, J., O’Neill, M. and Heard, S.O. (2010) Comparison of the Duration of Antimicrobial Activity of 2 Different Antimicrobial Central Venous Catheters. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Vol 31.

Abstract:

We compared the duration of antimicrobial effectiveness of 2 different antimicrobial catheters. The baseline activity of minocycline-rifampin catheters was greater than that of silver-platinum-carbon catheters against Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Enterococcus faecalis. The antimicrobial activity of the minocycline-rifampin catheters against these pathogens persisted for up to 12 days, while that of the silver-platinum-carbon catheters was depleted by day 10 ( $P<.05$).


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