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Table 1 Main patient and catheter characteristics

From: Vascular catheter colonization: surveillance based on culture of needleless connectors

Characteristic N (%)
Patients (N=34)
Mean (SD) age, years 63.7 (11.9)
Sex, male/female 21/13
Underlying conditions (%)
  Myocardial infarction 3 (8.8)
  Congestive heart failure 23 (67.6)
  ACVA 6 (17.6)
  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 7 (11.7)
  Diabetes mellitus 12 (35.3)
  Peptic ulcer disease 6 (17.6)
  Peripheral vascular disease 3 (8.8)
  Renal dysfunction 7 (20.6)
EuroScorea, mean (SD) 6.7 (2.5)
Charlson comorbidity index, mean (SD) 2.6 (1.7)
Non-fatal underlying disease, McCabe (%) 25 (73.5)
APACHE II at inclusion, mean (SD) 8.3 (3.3)
Length of ICU stay (days), median (IQR) 10.5. (7.7-38.0)
Crude mortality (%) 8 (26.7)
Catheters (N=60)
Type  
  Non-tunneled central venous catheter 47 (78.3)
  Guidewire 13 (21.7)
Location
  Jugular 56 (93.3)
  Subclavian 4 (6.7)
Total parenteral nutrition/propofol 17 (28.3)
Reasons for catheter withdrawal  
  End of use 38 (63.3)
  Suspicion of infection 15 (25.0)
  Others 7 (11.7)
Catheter-days, median (IQR) 11.0 (8.0-20.0)
Total catheter-days 906
Catheter colonization (%) 9 (15.0)
Catheter colonization/1,000 catheter-days 9.9/1,000
C-RBSI episodes (%) 2 (3.3)
C-RBSI/1,000 catheter-days 2.2/1,000
  1. SD, standard deviation; IQR, interquartile range; ICU, intensive care unit; ACVA, acute cerebrovascular accident; C-RBSI, catheter-related bloodstream infection
  2. a EuroScore, European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation