Early onset versus late onset peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) infections


Intravenous literature: Chittick, P., Azhar, S., Movva, K., Keller, P., Boura, J.A. and Band, J. (2013) Early Onset versus Late Onset Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter Infections: An Analysis of Risk Factors and Microbiology Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 25th July. [epub ahead of print].


The risks and microbiology for peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are less well described than those for traditional central catheters, particularly as they pertain to duration of catheterization. We compared patients with early- and late-onset PICC bloodstream infections at our institution and found significant differences in microbiologic etiologies.

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