Pre-filled normal saline syringes to reduce totally implantable venous access device-associated bloodstream infection: A single institution pilot study

S. Bertoglio, R. Rezzo, F. D. Merlo, N. Solari, D. Palombo, F. Vassallo, S. Beltramini, A. DeMaria

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Abstract

Flushing totally implantable venous access devices (TIVADs) with manually filled saline syringes may increase contamination and catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI). We used a retrospective cohort study to assess the impact of changing from manually filled syringes to manufactured pre-filled syringes on the frequency of CRBSI in 718 TIVADs. Manually filled syringes were used in 269 patients and pre-filled syringes in 449. The CRBSI rate was 2.7% in the pre-filled syringe group and 6.3% in the manually filled syringe group (P = 0.016). Sex, tumour type and stage, access site and access body side were not independent risk factors for CRBSI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Central venous system
  • Equipment contamination
  • Infusion
  • Microbiology
  • Syringes
  • Totally implantable venous access devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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