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Intrathecal catheters with subcutaneous port systems in patients with severe cancer-related pain managed out of hospital: the risk of infection
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6128-7752
2006 (English)In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, ISSN 0885-3924, E-ISSN 1873-6513, Vol. 31, no 6, 568-572 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intrathecal catheters have been used for many years to treat severe pain resistant to conventional treatment modalities. Previous studies have found a rate of serious infection of 2%-3% using these catheters in home situations. However, many authors used prophylactic antibiotics routinely in this group of patients, which are both costly and associated with a risk of developing antibiotic resistance. We were interested in studying whether improved hygiene during insertion and care of these catheters in the hospice or home environment would reduce the incidence of catheter-related infections. The results show that prophylactic antibiotic is not necessary, but a careful handling of the system with aseptic technique is important. The infections we registered appeared more than 2 weeks after insertion of the catheters. We now use this method routinely when inserting an intrathecal catheter with a subcutaneous port.

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Elsevier , 2006. Vol. 31, no 6, 568-572 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-11145DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2005.11.010PubMedID: 16793497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-11145DiVA: diva2:325164
Available from: 2010-06-17 Created: 2010-06-17 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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