Unnecessary removal of central venous catheters in cancer patients with bloodstream infections

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Removal of CVCs occurred unnecessarily in 57% of patients with non-central-line-associated BSI (non-CLABSI), which was equivalent to the rate of CVC removal in patients with CLABSIs” Chaftari et al (2018).

Abstract:

We evaluated the rate of central venous catheter (CVC) removal in 283 cancer patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs). Removal of CVCs occurred unnecessarily in 57% of patients with non-central-line-associated BSI (non-CLABSI), which was equivalent to the rate of CVC removal in patients with CLABSIs. Physician education and safe interventions to salvage the vascular access are warranted.

Reference:

Chaftari, A.M., Hachem, R., Raad, S., Jiang, Y., Natividad, E., Chaftari, P. and Raad, I. (2018) Unnecessary Removal of Central Venous Catheters in Cancer Patients with Bloodstream Infections. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. January 14th. .

doi: 10.1017/ice.2017.284.

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