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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006 Jan;27(1):67-70. Epub 2006 Jan 6.

Increased catheter-related bloodstream infection rates after the introduction of a new mechanical valve intravenous access port.

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  • 1Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, The John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


The technology of intravenous catheter access ports has evolved from open ports covered by removable caps to more-sophisticated, closed versions containing mechanical valves. We report a significant increase in catheter-related bloodstream infections after the introduction of a new needle-free positive-pressure mechanical valve intravenous access port at our institution.

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