Associated costs of occluded central venous catheters

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“Central venous catheter (CVC) occlusion is common, affecting 30% of all CVCs” Ernst (2014).

Reference:

Ernst, F.R. (2014) Comparison of Hospital Length of Stay, Costs, and Readmissions Among Patients With Occluded Central Venous Catheters Receiving Alteplase Versus Catheter Replacement. The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access. 19(4), p.210.

Abstract:

Central venous catheter (CVC) occlusion is common, affecting 30% of all CVCs. Utilizing a large hospital database, analyses were done to compare length of stay (LOS), costs, and readmissions associated with use of alteplase to clear catheter blockage versus catheter replacement.

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