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Total Parenteral Nutrition via Multilumen Catheters Does Not Increase the Risk of Catheter-Related Sepsis: A Randomized, Prospective Study

Thomas Y. Ma, Rody Yoshinaka, Alicia Banaag, Beverly Johnson, Sandra Davis and Stephen M. Berman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 27, issue 3, pages 500-503
Published in print September 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/514687
Total Parenteral Nutrition via Multilumen Catheters Does Not Increase the Risk of Catheter-Related Sepsis: A Randomized, Prospective Study

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The purpose of this study was to determine in a randomized, prospective manner whether administration of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) via multilumen catheters increases the risk of catheter-related sepsis (CRS). All patients receiving hyperalimentation during a 24-month period were randomized to receive either a double-lumen catheter (DLC) or a triple-lumen catheter (TLC). A total of 101 catheters were placed in 79 patients, of which 49 were DLCs and 52 were TLCs. The patients with DLCs received a total of 784 days of TPN, whereas patients with TLCs received a total of 754 days of TPN. CRS was associated with one (2.0%) of the 49 DLCs vs. one (1.9%) of the 52 TLCs. In comparison, the rate of CRS associated with single-lumen catheters (historical control) at our institution was 1.4% (P > .90). We conclude that the use of multilumen catheters in TPN therapy does not result in an increased risk of CRS.

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

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