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Incidence of Catheter‐Related Bloodstream Infection Among Patients With a Needleless, Mechanical Valve–Based Intravenous Connector in an Australian Hematology‐Oncology Unit

Kathryn Field , MBBS, Caroline McFarlane , MBBS, Allen C. Cheng , PhD, Andrew J. Hughes , FRACP, Elly Jacobs , MNurs, Kaylene Styles , RN, Jillian Low , RN, Peter Stow , FJFICM, Philip Campbell , FRACP and Eugene Athan , FRACP
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 5 (May 2007), pp. 610-613
DOI: 10.1086/516660
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/516660
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

There are few Australian data on the incidence of catheter‐associated bloodstream infection (BSI) among patients in hematology‐oncology units. We found an increase in catheter‐associated BSI rates coincident with the introduction of a mechanical valve connector (2.6 infections vs 5.8 infections per 1,000 catheter‐days; incidence rate ratio, 2.2; \documentclass{aastex} \usepackage{amsbsy} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{mathrsfs} \usepackage{pifont} \usepackage{stmaryrd} \usepackage{textcomp} \usepackage{portland,xspace} \usepackage{amsmath,amsxtra} \usepackage[OT2,OT1]{fontenc} \newcommand\cyr{ \renewcommand\rmdefault{wncyr} \renewcommand\sfdefault{wncyss} \renewcommand\encodingdefault{OT2} \normalfont \selectfont} \DeclareTextFontCommand{\textcyr}{\cyr} \pagestyle{empty} \DeclareMathSizes{10}{9}{7}{6} \begin{document} \landscape $P=.031$ \end{document} ).

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