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Comparing Central Line and Arterial Line Infections

Spiegler, Peter MD

Section Editor(s): Spiegler, Peter MD, FCCP, FAASM, Editor

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0b013e3181ef35fb
Pulmonary Trends

Synopsis: Central lines and arterial lines have similar rates of colonization and infection. Although the risk of colonization of central lines plateaus after 5 days, the risk for arterial lines continues to rise in a linear fashion.

Source: Lucet JC, Bouadma L, Zahar JR, et al. Infectious risk associated with arterial catheters compared with central venous catheters. Crit Care Med. 2010;38:1030–1035.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.