Adjacent central venous catheters can result in immediate aspiration of infused drugs during renal replacement therapy.

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Adjacent central venous catheters can result in immediate aspiration of infused drugs during renal replacement therapy.

Anaesthesia. 2012 Feb;67(2):115-21

Authors: Kam KY, Mari JM, Wigmore TJ

Abstract
Dual-lumen haemodiafiltration catheters enable continuous renal replacement therapy in the critically ill and are often co-located with central venous catheters used to infuse drugs. The extent to which infusions are immediately aspirated by an adjacent haemodiafiltration catheter remains unknown. A bench model was constructed to evaluate this effect. A central venous catheter and a haemodiafiltration catheter were inserted into a simulated central vein and flow generated using centrifugal pumps within the simulated vein and haemodiafiltration circuit. Ink was used as a visual tracer and creatinine solution as a quantifiable tracer. Tracers were completely aspirated by the haemodiafiltration catheter unless the infusion was at least 1 cm downstream to the arterial port. No tracer was aspirated from catheters infusing at least 2 cm downstream. Orientation of side ports did not affect tracer elimination. Co-location of central venous and haemodiafiltration catheters may lead to complete aspiration of infusions into the haemodiafilter with resultant drug under-dosing.

PMID: 22059378 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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