Clinical utility of blood cultures drawn from indwelling central venous catheters in hospitalized patients with cancer.

@article{Desjardin1999ClinicalUO,
  title={Clinical utility of blood cultures drawn from indwelling central venous catheters in hospitalized patients with cancer.},
  author={J A Desjardin and Matthew E. Falagas and Robin R Ruthazer and John A. Griffith and D Wawrose and D Schenkein and Kel Miller and David R. Snydman},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={131 9},
  pages={641-7}
}
Long-term, indwelling central venous catheters are indispensable in the management of patients with cancer. Common indications for the placement of these catheters in patients with cancer include poor peripheral access; frequent need to administer blood products or antibiotics or to draw blood; continuous infusion of chemotherapeutic agents; a prolonged treatment course; and use of vesicant drugs (1). The convenience of these catheters makes them an obvious choice for frequent blood draws, and… CONTINUE READING

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