Multipurpose central venous access in the immunocompromised pediatric patient

Paul M. Colombani, David L. Dudgeon, James R. Buck, David M. Miller, Mary jo Ghory, Colleen Buckloo, J. Alex Haller

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During a 21-month period, 50 consecutive pediatric oncology patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and/or cytoreductive chemotherapy had 61 silastic central venous catheters placed to facilitate their therapy. All catheters were used for medications, routine blood sampling, and transfusions, with 45% also used for hyperalimentation and 57% used for bone marrow transplantation. Catheters were utilized during both inpatient and outpatient therapy periods. Total catheter days numbered 8455, an average of 139 days per catheter. Forty-seven catheters (77%) were removed electively or were in place at time of patient death. Seven were removed for mechanical complications (1/1409 catheter days). Four additional episodes of presumed catheter sepsis were managed with antibiotics and did not require catheter removal (40% of septic episodes). One catheter is still in place after 585 days. Complication rates were not influenced by this multiple use protocol. With standardized catheter care and surveillance, multipurpose, long-term central venous access can be safely utilized in the immunosuppressed pediatric patient. (Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 9:38-41, 1985).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-41
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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