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A comparative study between conventional and antiseptic impregnated central venous catheters in neurocritical patients
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
- Published: 1 March 2010
- Public Health
- Emergency Medicine
- Average Length
- Central Venous Catheter
The central venous catheter (CVC) is very useful in the ICU. A comparative study between antiseptic impregnated and standard catheters is therefore of great value.
Alternating the type of CVC used in each patient, we recorded for each patient: sex, age, APACHE II score, GCS, site of the puncture, reason for withdrawal of the catheter and the type of catheter used. The tip of the catheter was cultured. The groups were divided: group I (41 patients, 54 punctures) used the standard CVC, and group II (38 patients, 54 punctures) used the impregnated CVC.
According to our study we observed that the length of stay with use of the impregnated CVC was higher (15.43 days). The rate of colonization was higher in the standard CVC. Patients who require a CVC for long periods have benefited with the use of impregnated CVCs, because they present long-term use, lower rates of colonization, and avoiding complications related to the procedure of successive punctures and related to the permanence of the catheters. The benefit reached by the use of antiseptic impregnated catheters compensated for the initial expensive cost of 40%.