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Blood cultures in neonates with percutaneous central venous catheters.
  1. R Ramanathan,
  2. M Durand


    We compared the results of 74 pairs of blood cultures obtained simultaneously every two weeks from a peripheral vein and a percutaneously inserted central venous catheter in 38 newborns. Three babies (7.9%) had bacteraemia. In two of these the central catheter was colonised 48 hours beforehand.

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