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Wide Variability in the Use of Antimicrobial Lock Therapy and Prophylaxis among Infectious Diseases Consultants

  • Philip M. Polgreen (a1) (a2), Susan E. Beekmann (a1), Daniel J. Diekema (a1) and Robert J. Sherertz (a3)

Abstract

We surveyed infectious diseases physicians to determine their practice patterns with regard to both antimicrobial lock prophylaxis and antimicrobial lock therapy. Antimicrobial lock prophylaxis is relatively uncommon; only 19% of infectious diseases physicians reported using it at least once. Although antimicrobial lock therapy is more commonly used, we found a significant variation in practice patterns.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, (philip-polgreen@uiowa.edu)

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