Central line tip microbiological analysis techniques reviewed

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“This prospective randomized controlled study with 975 non-tunneled central venous catheters (CVCs) showed that the semiquantitative roll-plate technique (SQC) was as accurate as the sonication method for diagnosis of catheter-related infections.” Erb et al (2014).

Reference:

Erb, S., Frei, R., Schregenberger, K., Dangel, M., Nogarth, D. and Widmer, A.F. (2014) Sonication for diagnosis of catheter-related infection is not better than traditional roll-plate culture: a prospective cohort study with 975 central-venous catheters. Clinical Infectious Diseases. May 13th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

This prospective randomized controlled study with 975 non-tunneled central venous catheters (CVCs) showed that the semiquantitative roll-plate technique (SQC) was as accurate as the sonication method for diagnosis of catheter-related infections. Sonication is difficult to standardize whereas SQC is simpler, faster and as reliable as the sonication for culturing CVCs.

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