Central catheter infections: single- versus triple-lumen catheters. Influence of guide wires on infection rates when used for replacement of catheters.

A prospective study was conducted over six months to determine if triple-lumen catheters were associated with a higher rate of infection than single-lumen catheters. A total of 502 central intravascular catheters were prospectively collected from 362 consecutive patients in the adult intensive care units. Semiquantitative and broth cultures were performed… (More)