How many lumens should be cultured in the conservative diagnosis of catheter-related bloodstream infections?

@article{Guembe2010HowML,
  title={How many lumens should be cultured in the conservative diagnosis of catheter-related bloodstream infections?},
  author={Mar{\'i}a Guembe and Marta Rodr{\'i}guez-Cr{\'e}ixems and Carlos S{\'a}nchez-Carrillo and Alfonso P{\'e}rez-Parra and Pablo Mart{\'i}n-Rabad{\'a}n and Emilio Bouza},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={50 12},
  pages={1575-9}
}
BACKGROUND Recent practice guidelines for the diagnosis of catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) describe as an "unresolved issue" the number of lumens from which blood culture specimens should be drawn to make a conservative diagnosis of CRBSI. Our objective was to determine how many CRBSI episodes would be missed if not all catheter lumens were sampled. METHODS We performed a retrospective study (1 January 2003-31 May 2009) in patients with microbiologically proven CRBSI in which… CONTINUE READING
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