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Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Jun 15;36(12):1539-44. Epub 2003 Jun 6.

Prophylaxis against dialysis catheter-related bacteremia with a novel antimicrobial lock solution.

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  • 1Division of Nephrology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. mdallon@uab.edu


Catheter-related bacteremia, a frequent complication in patients who are undergoing hemodialysis, may be prevented by eradication of the catheter biofilm. Catheter lock solution (CLS) is an investigational preparation containing taurolidine, a biocompatible antimicrobial agent, and citrate, an anticoagulant agent. CLS was instilled into the catheter lumens after each dialysis session for 20 catheter-dependent hemodialysis patients. Catheter outcomes were compared with those observed in 30 concurrent control patients whose catheters were instilled with heparin. Bacteremia-free survival at 90 days was higher among patients who received CLS than among control patients who received heparin (94% vs. 47%; P<.001). Unassisted catheter patency (without tissue plasminogen activator instillation) was lower among patients who received CLS than among control patients (32% vs. 76%; P<.001). CLS dramatically reduces the frequency of catheter-related bacteremia among patients undergoing hemodialysis, although there is an increased requirement for thrombolytic interventions to maintain catheter patency.

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