Volume 13 Supplement 4
A review of central venous catheter-related infections in neurointensive care patients in a tertiary referral centre
© BioMed Central Ltd 2009
Published: 11 November 2009
Intravenous catheter-related bloodstream infections (ICR-BSI) are a major contributing factor to in-hospital mortality and morbidity extending inpatient stay by 10 days and expenditure per patient by £2,000 to £30,000 .
A prospective survey was conducted in our unit on all patients with central venous catheters to ascertain the incidence of ICR-BSI, identify the organisms and determine the occurrence of infection from the various sites - femoral, internal jugular and subclavian lines.
The survey was carried out over a period of 13 weeks. Data collected from patients' case notes included site of central line insertion, length of line in situ, reason for line removal and positive blood culture reports.
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