Central line-associated bloodstream infections in adult hematology patients with febrile neutropenia: an evaluation of surveillance definitions using differential time to blood culture positivity.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We used differential time to positivity between central and peripheral blood cultures to evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of the National Healthcare Safety Network central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) surveillance definition among hematology patients with febrile neutropenia. The PPV was 27.7%, which suggests that, when the definition is applied to this population, CLABSI rates will be substantially overestimated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Freeman, JT; Elinder-Camburn, A; McClymont, C; Anderson, DJ; Bilkey, M; Williamson, DA; Berkahn, L; Roberts, SA

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 89 - 92

PubMed ID

  • 23221198

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3628695

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-6834

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/668431


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States