Dwindling Utilization of Central Venous Catheter Tip Cultures: An Analysis of Sampling Trends and Clinical Utility at 128 US Hospitals, 2009-2014.
Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Mar 18;:
Authors: Lai YL, Adjemian J, Ricotta EE, Mathew L, O'Grady NP, Kadri SS
At 128 US hospitals from 2009-2014, a 17% decline occurred annually in central venous catheter tips sent for culture-a six-fold decrease relative to blood culture sampling trends. Positive predictive value was low (23%). Tip cultures are often not being used in accordance with practice guideline recommendations and offer limited independent treatment opportunities.
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