Prospective study of catheter-related infection during prolonged arterial catheterization.

@article{Norwood1988ProspectiveSO,
  title={Prospective study of catheter-related infection during prolonged arterial catheterization.},
  author={Scott H. Norwood and Bertrand Adrien Cormier and Nuala McMahon and Arthur J. Moss and Vanessa L. Moore},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1988},
  volume={16 9},
  pages={
          836-9
        }
}
Ninety-six arterial catheters from 75 different anatomical sites in 56 surgical ICU patients were studied prospectively to determine the rate of catheter-related infection associated with prolonged arterial catheterization (defined as greater than 96 h). Every 96 h, all catheters were semiquantitatively (SQ) cultured and the percutaneous entry site was swab cultured. Sites were used indefinitely by exchanging the catheters over a guide-wire every 96 h as long as arterial monitoring was… CONTINUE READING
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