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Pediatr Pulmonol. 1988;4(3):181-4.

Use of a single silastic i.v. catheter for cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbations.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison.


Use of a single percutaneous silastic IV catheter for cystic fibrosis hospitalizations was evaluated among 23 patients during 45 hospitalizations. Patients ages ranged from 4 to 20 years and weights from 18 to 60 kg. Percutaneous silastic catheters were used for infusion of all IV antibiotics and IV fluids. Catheters remained in place for a total of 549 patient days (mean 12.2, range 2-34). No patient demonstrated clinical signs of local infection or sepsis. Thirty six catheters served as the single IV access for a patient's entire hospitalization. Nine catheters were removed because of discomfort, obstruction, or mechanical dysfunction before the conclusion of the hospitalization. A single, percutaneously placed silastic catheter appears to be a safe and effective way of maintaining IV access throughout the duration of hospitalization for cystic fibrosis exacerbations.

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