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Surveillance for Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infection in Hematology Units: Quantifying the Characteristics of a Practical Case Definition

  • Leon J. Worth (a1) (a2), James Black (a2) (a3), John F. Seymour (a1) (a4), Karin A. Thursky (a1) (a2) and Monica A. Slavin (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

We evaluated 66 patients in a hematology unit, who used a total of 106 central venous catheters (CVCs), to identify CVC-associated bloodstream infections using standard and modified surveillance case definitions. Compared with the National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance system criteria, a modified case definition used by treating physicians demonstrated 100.0% sensitivity and 94.3% specificity. This case definition provides a practical method for effectively excluding CVC-associated bloodstream infection.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St. Andrew's Place, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3002 (leon.worth@petermac.org)

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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