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Unnecessary Removal of Central Venous Catheters in Cancer Patients with Bloodstream Infections

  • Anne Marie Chaftari (a1), Ray Hachem (a1), Sammy Raad (a1), Ying Jiang (a1), Elizabeth Natividad (a2), Patrick Chaftari (a3) and Issam Raad (a1)...


We evaluated the rate of central venous catheter (CVC) removal in 283 cancer patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs). Removal of CVCs occurred unnecessarily in 57% of patients with non-central-line-associated BSI (non-CLABSI), which was equivalent to the rate of CVC removal in patients with CLABSIs. Physician education and safe interventions to salvage the vascular access are warranted.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:222–225


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Address correspondence to Anne Marie Chaftari, MD, Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, Unit 1460, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030 (


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