Diagnosis of central venous catheter related infection in adult patients

Tony Worthington, Tom S.J. Elliott

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Intravascular catheters are one of the main causes of bacteraemia and septicaemia in hospitalised patients and continue to be associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. Two main types of infections occur, they can be either localised at the catheter insertion site of systemic with a septicaemia. The clinical parameters related to these infections are presented. The laboratory diagnosis of these infections is also extensively reviewed and recommendations are made as to the most appropriate diagnostic method to be used. © 2005 The British Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-280
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Infection
Issue number4
Early online date19 Aug 2005
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


  • blood culture
  • catheter related infection
  • central venous catheter
  • coagulase negative staphylococci
  • diagnosis


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