Do multi-lumen catheters increase central venous catheter sepsis compared to single-lumen catheters?

Triple-lumen catheters (TLC) are now routinely used in critically ill and multiply injured patients who require multi-port central venous access. An apparent rise in catheter contamination and catheter-related sepsis (CRS) occurred in patients receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) through a TLC as opposed to a single-lumen catheter (SLC). A prospective… CONTINUE READING