What is the predominant source of intravascular catheter infections?
Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Jan;52(2):211-2
Authors: Mermel LA
The predominant source of intravascular catheter-related bloodstream infections has been a research and clinical question for more than 30 years. During that time, we've moved from the position of a single source predominating in all clinical scenarios to a more realistic appraisal that both skin at the insertion site and the catheter hub/connector (ie, an extraluminal and an intraluminal source of infection, respectively) are important and that maximally effective prevention programs must address both sources of infection.
PMID: 21288845 [PubMed - in process]