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Chest. 1998 Jul;114(1):207-13.

Central vein catheter-related thrombosis in intensive care patients: incidence, risks factors, and relationship with catheter-related sepsis.

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Division of Réanimation Polyvalente, Hôpital Saint Joseph, Paris, France.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the incidence and risk factors for catheter-related central vein thrombosis in ICU patients.

DESIGN:

Observational prospective multicenter study.

SETTING:

An 8-bed surgical ICU, a 10-bed surgical cardiovascular ICU, and a 10-bed medical-surgical ICU.

PATIENTS:

During an 18-month period, 265 internaljugular or subclavian catheters were included. Veins were explored by duplex scanning performed just before or < 24 h after catheter removal. Suspected risk factors of catheter-related central vein thrombosis were recorded.

INTERVENTIONS:

None.

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS:

Fifty-seven catheters were excluded from the analysis. Therefore 208 catheters were analyzed. Mean age of patients was 64+/-15 years, simplified acute physiologic score was 12+/-5, organ system failure score at insertion was 1+/-1, and mean duration of catheterization was 9+/-5 days. A catheter-related internal jugular or subclavian vein thrombosis occurred in 33% of the cases (42% [95% confidence interval (CI), 34 to 49%] and 10% [95% CI, 3 to 18%], respectively). Thrombosis was limited in 8%, large in 22%, and occlusive in 3% of the cases. Internal jugular route (relative risk [RR], 4.13; 95% CI, 1.72 to 9.95), therapeutic heparinization (RR 0.47; 95% CI, 0.23 to 0.99), and age >64 years (RR, 2.44; 95% CI, 2.05 to 3.19) were independently associated with catheter-related thrombosis. Moreover, the risk of catheter-related sepsis was 2.62-fold higher when thrombosis occurred (p=0.011).

CONCLUSIONS:

Catheter-related central vein thrombosis is a frequent complication of central venous catheterization in ICU patients and is closely associated with catheter-related sepsis.

PMID:
9674471
DOI:
10.1378/chest.114.1.207
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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