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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-63

The incidence of complications of central venous catheters at an intensive care unit

Consultant Intensivist, Department of Intensive Care Unit, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama, Bahrain

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A H Akmal
Consultant Intensivist ICU, Salmaniya Medical Complex, P. O. Box. 12, Manama
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.32232

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Central venous catheter (CVC) placement in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a common practice and is being increasingly used also in general wards. Its use is associated with both mechanical and infectious complications. Objective : To determine the infectious and mechanical complication rate of central venous catheterization in an ICU. Design : A retrospective study about complications of 1319 central venous catheter placements. Setting : An 11-bed adult medical, surgical, neuro-trauma ICU at salmaniya medical complex, Bahrain . Materials and Methods : This was a retrospective review of all central venous catheter inserted over 4 year's period from October 2002 to December 2006. Results : There were 12 mechanical complications and 128 infectious complications total of 1319 CVCs placed. Conclusions : The CVC can be performed safely in an ICU if done by a competent physician with all aseptic precautions

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