Stimulation of Staphylococcus epidermidis growth and biofilm formation by catecholamine inotropes.


BACKGROUND Bacterial colonisation of indwelling medical devices by coagulase-negative staphylococci is a prevalent risk in intensive-care units. Factors determining biofilm formation and progression to catheter- related infection are incompletely understood. We postulated that administration of inotropic agents via indwelling intravenous catheters may… (More)