Which clinical findings are characteristic of IV line infection in bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Evidence of infection at a central IV line site suggests the probable etiology. [34] However, it is important to note that many patients with central IV line infections do not have superficial evidence of infection at the insertion site. Always suspect IV line infections, especially when other sources of sepsis are eliminated. [35, 36] Central IV lines are the lines most commonly associated with bacteremia or sepsis.

Peripheral venous lines and arterial lines are rarely associated with bacteremia. Thrombophlebitis may be noted at the peripheral IV line site.


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