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January 26, 2000

Central Venous Catheters and Bloodstream Infection

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(4):477-479. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.475

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.

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