Early Onset versus Late Onset Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter Infections: An Analysis of Risk Factors and Microbiology

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Abstract

The risks and microbiology for peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are less well described than those for traditional central catheters, particularly as they pertain to duration of catheterization. We compared patients with early- and late-onset PICC bloodstream infections at our institution and found significant differences in microbiologic etiologies.

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