July 27, 2015
Ethanol locks prevented central venous catheter-associated bloodstream infections in pediatric patients with cancer, according to the results of a randomized trial.
“The use of central venous catheters (CVC) is indispensable in the modern-day treatment of children with cancer,” Marianne D. van de Wetering, PhD, MMed, FCP(SA), pediatric oncologist at Emma Children’s Hospital Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, and colleagues wrote. “Despite improved international guidelines on CVC placement and catheter care, CVC colonization is still an important problem in such patients. Colonized CVCs can cause CVC-associated bloodstream infections (CABSI), with reported infection rates between 0.1 and 2.3 CABSIs per 1,000 catheter days.”