Infection rates of Broviac-Hickman catheters and implantable venous devices.

  title={Infection rates of Broviac-Hickman catheters and implantable venous devices.},
  author={Carol L Wurzel and K Halom and Joseph G. Feldman and Lorry G. Rubin},
  journal={American journal of diseases of children},
  volume={142 5},
We retrospectively identified and prospectively followed up 62 patients with 78 venous-access catheters over a 30-month period (15773 catheter-days) to compare infectious complications of Broviac-Hickman catheters (n = 33) and totally implantable. venous devices (n = 45) in pediatric oncology patients. Demographic data and characteristics of catheter use were comparable for both groups. Significantly associated with the risk of a catheter-associated infection were (1) the percentage of time the… CONTINUE READING

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