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Table 3 Pooled colonisation and CRBSI data

From: Central and peripheral venous lines-associated blood stream infections in the critically ill surgical patients

Colonisation CRBSI
  Catheter No. No. Colonisation % Colonisation   Catheter No. No. CRBSI % CRBSI
CVC 8257 738 8.94 CVC 9503 96 1.01
PICC 62 - - PICC 62 2 3.23
  1. CVC colonization : Pooled data includes Dimick and Guillou and Bijma’s post-intervention CVC colonisation data. Pawar and Gunst failed to record CVC colonisation incidence as part of their respective studies. PICC colonization : As Gunst and Miyagaki failed to record PICC colonisation incidence as part of their respective studies; we have no pooled PICC colonisation data. CVC CRBSI : We pooled the CVC-related bloodstream infection data from Bijma’s post-intervention group, Sandoe, Pawar, Guillou and Gunst’s studies. PICC CRBSI : We pooled Gunst and Miyagaki’s PICC-related bloodstream infection data. Excluded data: Bijma’s pre-intervention data was excluded from the pooled data as it established the baseline colonisation and infection incidence by which the efficacy of the intervention was measured in the post-intervention group. Dimick’s mixed catheter bloodstream infection data (that included 348 pulmonary artery catheters) was excluded from the pooled data, as we were unable to extract the CVC-related bloodstream infection incidence. Sandoe’s mixed colonisation data (that included 4 arterial catheters) was excluded from the pooled data, as we were unable to extract data relating to CVC colonisation incidence and catheter days.