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Comparison of the Duration of Antimicrobial Activity of 2 Different Antimicrobial Central Venous Catheters

Theofilos Matheos , MD, J. Matthias Walz , MD, Janice P. Adams , MS, ACNP, Karen Johnson , RN, Karen Longtine , RN, Jaclyn Longtine , BS, Melissa O’Neill , RN and Stephen O. Heard , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 31, No. 3 (March 2010), pp. 295-297
DOI: 10.1086/650757
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/650757
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Comparison of the Duration of Antimicrobial Activity of 2 Different Antimicrobial Central Venous Catheters
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Abstract

We compared the duration of antimicrobial effectiveness of 2 different antimicrobial catheters. The baseline activity of minocycline‐rifampin catheters was greater than that of silver‐platinum‐carbon catheters against Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Enterococcus faecalis. The antimicrobial activity of the minocycline‐rifampin catheters against these pathogens persisted for up to 12 days, while that of the silver‐platinum‐carbon catheters was depleted by day 10 ( \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 $P< .05$ \end{document} ).

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