Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The articles by Dr Veenstra
and colleagues1,2 on the
use of antiseptic-impregnated central venous catheters for the prevention
of central venous catheter–related bloodstream infections do not specify
the organisms responsible for the nosocomial bloodstream infections and, in
particular, no mention is made of Candida species.
Considering that this pathogen is the fourth most commonly isolated infective
agent in nosocomial bloodstream infections and that approximately two thirds
of primary fungemia is associated with the use of central venous catheters,3 such information is crucial.
Tacconelli E, Tumbarello M, Cauda R. Central Venous Catheters and Bloodstream Infection. JAMA. 2000;283(4):477-479. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.475