Colonization and sepsis from triple-lumen catheters in critically III patients

Vito A. Mantese, David S. German, Donald L. Kaminski, Virginia M. Herrmann

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Sepsis from central triple-lumen catheters remains a serious and life-threatening problem. Patients requiring triple-lumen catheter placement frequently have multiorgan failure or very serious illness. Every effort should be made to reduce the incidence of catheter-related sepsis. Earlier recognition of catheter sepsis may allow removal of the offending line before sepsis becomes clinically apparent. These data indicate that line colonization occurs early and frequently after triple-lumen catheter placement, and suggests that early, frequent line changes may reduce the incidence of clinical sepsis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-601
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1987


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