Correlation between "malfunctioning events" and catheter-related infections in pediatric cancer patients bearing tunneled indwelling central venous catheter: Results of a prospective observational study

Elio Castagnola, Giuseppe Fratino, Mariangela Valera, Mareva Giacchino, Riccardo Haupt, Angelo Claudio Molinari

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Abstract

Aim of the study: To evaluate the possible link between malfunctioning events and catheter related infections in indwelling central venous devices in children with cancer. Patients and methods: Prospective observation of 418 devices inserted in 2 Italian tertiary care pediatric cancer centers. The presence of a relationship was identified if a malfunctioning event was followed by a catheter related infection within 10 days, or vice versa. Results: The 418 catheters were followed for a period of 107,012 days. Among the malfunctioning events 2 out of 141 (1%) were followed by a catheter related infection while among infectious episodes 3 out of 93 (3%) were followed by a malfunctioning event. Conclusions: Malfunctioning events followed by catheter related infections and catheter related infections followed by malfunctioning are both rare events in children with cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-759
Number of pages3
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume13
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

Keywords

  • Central venous catheter infection
  • Malfunction
  • Mechanical complication
  • Thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)

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