Incidence of catheter-related bloodstream infection among patients with a needleless, mechanical valve-based intravenous connector in an Australian hematology-oncology unit
Kathryn Field, Caroline McFarlane, Allen C Cheng, Andrew J Hughes, Elly Jacobs, Kaylene Styles, Jillian Low, Peter Stow, Philip Campbell, Eugene Athan
INFECTION CONTROL AND HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2007
There are few Australian data on the incidence of catheter-associated bloodstream infection (BSI) among patients in hematology-oncology units. We found an increase in catheter-associated BSI rates coincident with the introduction of a mechanical valve connector (2.6 infections vs 5.8 infections per 1,000 catheter-days; incidence rate ratio, 2.2; P=.031).