Impact of catheter-related bloodstream infections on the mortality of critically ill patients: a meta-analysis.

@article{Siempos2009ImpactOC,
  title={Impact of catheter-related bloodstream infections on the mortality of critically ill patients: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Ilias I. Siempos and Petros Kopterides and Iraklis Tsangaris and Ioanna Dimopoulou and Apostolos Armaganidis},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={37 7},
  pages={2283-9}
}
OBJECTIVE There is controversy on whether catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI) affect the mortality of critically ill patients. DESIGN Meta-analysis of comparative studies that reported on mortality of intensive care unit (ICU) adult patients with and without CR-BSI. METHODS PubMed, Current Contents, and reference lists of retrieved publications were searched with no language or time restrictions. Heterogeneity was assessed by means of I-statistic and chi-square test… CONTINUE READING

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