Journal Article

Infections Associated with Use of the LifeSite Hemodialysis Access System

John J. Ross, Geetha Narayan, Ellen K. Bergeron, Michael G. Worthington and James A. Strom

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 1, pages 93-95
Published in print July 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/340860
Infections Associated with Use of the LifeSite Hemodialysis Access System

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We observed infection rates associated with the LifeSite Hemodialysis Access System, a novel dialysis device consisting of 2 subcutaneously implanted valves accessed by repeated use of fibrous tissue tracts, of 4.8 total infections and 8.1 first episodes per 1000 patient-days. These rates are higher than those observed elsewhere, which may be related to use of the device in a population of chronically ill patients, to the learning curve associated with use of the device, or to inherent qualities of the device.

Journal Article.  1785 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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