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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. lmaraga1@jhmi.edu

Abstract

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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  • Lost in translation. [Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2006]
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