The risk of infection related to radial vs femoral sites for arterial catheterization.

@article{Thomas1983TheRO,
  title={The risk of infection related to radial vs femoral sites for arterial catheterization.},
  author={Frank Thomas and John Burke and James Parker and James Orme and Reed M. Gardner and Terry P. Clemmer and George A. Hill and P Macfarlane},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1983},
  volume={11 10},
  pages={807-12}
}
To evaluate risk factors for infections associated with indwelling arterial catheters, 186 catheters were randomly allocated for either femoral or radial insertion in 155 critically ill patients. Femoral catheters were easier to insert and it was easier to obtain blood specimens from them. Rates of local infection at the insertion sites and rates of positive catheter-tip cultures were similar for femoral and radial catheters. Evidence of local infection was not predictive of a positive catheter… CONTINUE READING

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