A randomized and prospective study of 3 procedures for the diagnosis of catheter-related bloodstream infection without catheter withdrawal.

@article{Bouza2007ARA,
  title={A randomized and prospective study of 3 procedures for the diagnosis of catheter-related bloodstream infection without catheter withdrawal.},
  author={Emilio Santiago Bouza and Neisa Alvarado and Luis Cortes Alcala and Mar{\'i}a Jes{\'u}s Verd{\'u} P{\'e}rez and Carolina. Rinc{\'o}n and Patricia Mu{\~n}oz},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2007},
  volume={44 6},
  pages={
          820-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Suspicion of catheter-related bloodstream infection (CR-BSI) leads frequently to unnecessary catheter withdrawals, and many catheter-tip cultures yield negative results. The objective of this study was to compare the yield of 3 microbiological procedures to assess CR-BSI without catheter withdrawal. METHODS The study was prospectively performed in a group of patients without neutropenia or blood disorders who were admitted to the intensive care unit during a 37-month period with… CONTINUE READING

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