Diagnosis of catheter-related bacteraemia: a prospective comparison of the time to positivity of hub-blood versus peripheral-blood cultures.

@article{Blot1999DiagnosisOC,
  title={Diagnosis of catheter-related bacteraemia: a prospective comparison of the time to positivity of hub-blood versus peripheral-blood cultures.},
  author={François Blot and G{\'e}rard M Nitenberg and Elisabeth Chachaty and Bruno Raynard and Nathalie Germann and Sami Antoun and Agn{\`e}s Laplanche and Christian Brun-Buisson and Cyrille Tancr{\`e}de},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1999},
  volume={354 9184},
  pages={1071-7}
}
BACKGROUND A method of diagnosing catheter-related infection (CRI) without removing the catheter would be useful. An earlier positivity of central compared with peripheral venous-blood cultures may be associated with catheter-related bacteraemia. We evaluated prospectively the differential time to positivity (DTP) of paired blood cultures drawn simultaneously via the catheter hub and from a peripheral venous site. METHODS Over a 14-month period in an intensive-care unit of a cancer referral… CONTINUE READING
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