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"According to our findings, the central line bundle greatly reduced central line-associated Candida species bloodstream infections" Devrim et al (2022).

Central line bundle and Candida reduction

Abstract:

Objective: Candida species are among the most prevalent microorganisms in pediatric critical care units that cause central line-associated bloodstream infections. The goal of this study was to assess the therapeutic benefit of central line bundle for the prevention of Candida species-related bloodstream infections in pediatric intensive care units.

Design: The study covered the period from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2019. Pre-bundle and bundle phases were included in the research. The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory’s records revealed episodes of Candida-related central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Setting: The study was conducted in the Dr. Behçet Uz Child Disease and Pediatric Surgery Training and Research Hospital’s PICU (which has 24 beds and admits 350 patients per year).

Patients: This study included pediatric patients in the pediatric intensive care unit with non-tunneled central venous catheters.

Interventions: In the pediatric intensive care unit, a central line bundle was started.

Results: A total of 236 Candida-related central line-associated bloodstream infections were discovered during the study period. Non-albicans Candida accounted for 83.5% (197) of the total, whereas C.albicans accounted for 16.5%(39). During the pre-bundle period, 137 Candida species were isolated from the patients, while 99 Candida species were isolated during the bundle period. Candida-related central line-associated bloodstream infections dropped from 13.68 to 5.93 per 1000 CL-days after the central line bundle was used (p < 0.001).

Conclusions: According to our findings, the central line bundle greatly reduced central line-associated Candida species bloodstream infections. Central line bundles are an effective scientific solution for preventing Candida-related central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospitals with high Candida prevalence.


Reference:

Devrim İ, Topal S, Ceylan G, Oruç Y, Gülfidan G, Ayhan Y, Bayram N, Ağın H. Changes in the incidence of Candida-related central line-associated bloodstream infections in pediatric intensive care unit: Could central line bundle have a role? J Mycol Med. 2022 Apr 6;32(3):101277. doi: 10.1016/j.mycmed.2022.101277. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35452910.