Catheter-related bloodstream infection

Adriana Toro, Roberto Biffi, Isidoro Di Carlo, I. Di Carlo

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The development of catheter-related septicemia is the most serious complicatio nof venous access. Risk factors may be related to the patients, to the catheter or to the location in which the procedure is performed. The most common organism isolated from catheter tip cultures are skin flora such as Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus species. Infection of the totally implantable venous access device (TIVAD) can occur without local signs, but with unexplained fever or systemic signs of sepsis. Most cases of catheterrelated bacteremia can be successfully treated in situ with systemic antibiotics, more difficult to eradicate cases and early catheter removal should be considered seriously.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTotally Implantable Venous Access Devices: Management in Mid- and Long-Term Clinical Setting
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia s.r.l.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9788847023734, 9788847023727
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Bacteremia
  • Catheter-Related bloodstream infection (CRBI)
  • Infection
  • Peripheral blood culture
  • Sepsis
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Streptococcus species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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