Strategies to decrease the risk of ventricular catheter infections: A review of the evidence

Maya A. Babu, Robin Patel, W. Richard Marsh, Eelco F.M. Wijdicks

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Abstract

The use of antibiotic-coated external ventricular catheters has been controversial among practitioners; although several papers have documented decreased adherence of microbes to catheters treated with antibiotics, there is no universally accepted practice standard for the use of coated catheters for the prevention of clinical infection. In this paper, we review the in vivo and in vitro evidence for antibiotic-coated catheters

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-202
Number of pages9
JournalNeurocritical care
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Keywords

  • Antibiotic coating
  • Catheter
  • External ventricular drains
  • Infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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