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Table 4 Characteristics of catheters that acted as the source of the MC-CRBSI episodes

From: Surveillance of catheter-related infections: the supplementary role of the microbiology laboratory

Number of catheters per MC-CRBSI episode % (n = 71)
  1 91.5 (65)
  2 8.5 (6)
Type of catheter combinations % (n = 6)
  CVP and arterial 83.6 (5)
  CVP and VasCath 16.7 (1)
Number of concomitant BCs submitted % (n = 65 episodes)
  1 23.1 (15)
  2 46.2 (30)
  3 3.1 (2)
  ≥4 27.7 (18)
Number of positive concomitant BCs % (n =65 episodes)
  1 47.7 (31)
  2 36.9 (24)
  3 10.8 (7)
  ≥4 4.6 (3)
Type of catheter CVP Arterial VasCath Broviac Peripheral venous Umbilical
  % (n = 51) % (n = 7) % (n = 7) % (n = 4) % (n = 1) % (n = 1)
Insertion site
  Subclavian 66.7 (34)   - 75 (3) - -
  Peripheral - 28.6 (2) - - 100 (1) -
  Radial - 71.4 (5) - - - -
  Femoral 3.9 (2) - 14.3 (1) - - -
  Internal jugular 21.6 (11) - 71.4 (5) - - -
  Umbilical - - - - - 100 (1)
  Unknown 7.8 (4) - 14.3 (1) 25 (1) - -
Physical length of the catheter
  Short 94.1 (48) 100 (7) 100 (7) 100 (4) 100 (1) 100 (1)
  Long 3.9 (2) - - - - -
  Unknown 1.9 (1)      
Type of vessel occupied
  Central 100 (51) - 100 (7) 100 (4) - -
  Arterial - 100 (7) - - - -
  Peripheral venous - - - - 100 (1) 100 (1)
Insertion site pathway to the vessel
  Non-tunnelled 88.2 (45) 100 (7) 85.7 (6) 100 (4) 100 (1) 100 (1)
  Tunnelled 9.8 (5) - 14.3 (1) - - -
  Unknown 1.9 (1)   - - - -
Number of lumens
  1 - 100 (7) - 25 (1) 100 (1) -
  2 9.8 (5) - 28.6 (2) 25 (1) - 100 (1)
  3 84.3 (43) - 71.4 (5) 25 (1) - -
  Unknown 5.8 (3) - - 25 (1) - -
Length of catheterisation
  % Unknown 17.6 (9) 71.4 (5) 14.3 (1) 0 0 100
  Number of days (mean ± SD) 12.0 (5.4) 8.5 (2.1) 11.5 (5.5) 11 (6.8) 9 (n/a) -
  1. BCs = blood culture(s); CVP = central venous catheter; SD = standard deviation.