A single-center experience of catheter-related blood stream infections in children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant for primary immunodeficiency is described. The rate of definite central venous catheter infections was 5.31/1000 line days. Staphylococcus epidermidis was the most commonly identified organism. Teicoplanin resistance occurred in 17% of S. epidermidis infections. The central catheter was removed in 21% of infections.
From the *Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom; †Paediatric Immunology & Infectious Diseases Department, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle, United Kingdom; and ‡Microbiology Department, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Accepted for publication June 14, 2011.
The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.
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