Subcutaneous tunnelization of the subclavian vein. a bacteriological study of 400 catheters in hematologic intensive care

Guerrini, P.; Margenet, A.; Reynaud, P.; Romano, P.; Giraud-Pipau, P.

Agressologie Revue Internationale de Physio-Biologie et de Pharmacologie Appliquees Aux Effets de l'Agression 31(Special Issue 8): 491-493


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-1148
PMID: 2089968
Document Number: 366023
Infectious complications are the highest risk in hematology. In this study, subclavian approach and tunnellization are reviewed. Four hundred (400) catheters were evaluated by the Isolator Culture method. Catheters are left in place a long time (mean time 30 days). Colonization occurs rarely (about 10.5%). In hematology, subclavian tunnelized catheter occurs to be a safe and reliable central venous catheter.

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