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Journal of Pathogens
Volume 2013, Article ID 936864, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/936864
Research Article

Evaluation of Central Venous Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infections: A Microbiological Observational Study

1Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka 576104, India
2Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka 576104, India
3Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnataka 576104, India

Received 28 March 2013; Accepted 11 June 2013

Academic Editor: Timothy J. Johnson

Copyright © 2013 Vinay Khanna et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

There are substantial morbidity and mortality associated with vascular catheter use among crictically ill patients. The attributable mortality is 10% to 25% which is associated with bacteremia among those who are hospitalized. This study was undertaken to identify catheter related blood stream infections, to isolate pathogenic microorganisms present in intravascular catheter related local infections, exit site infections, and to determine the predisposing factors for the development of such infections and antibiotic sensitivity pattern of the isolated organisms in tertiary care hospital.