Prevention of catheter-related infections by silver coated central venous catheters in oncological patients.


Catheter-related infection (CRI) is a serious complication of central venous catheterization. We have investigated the efficacy of a silver-coated polyurethane catheter (Pellethane, Fresenius AG, Germany) in preventing CRI in oncological patients receiving chemotherapy in a phase II study. From November 1992 through April 1994, 266 patients were assigned to… (More)


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