ALLAN PERCEVAL, M.SC.
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To the editor: Drs. Band and Maki (1) have given three occasions as exceptions to using 48 hours as the interval for intravenous set change: after administration of blood products, intravenous fat emulsion, and suspicion of an epidemic of infusion-related septicemia.
I wish to add a fourth important occasion: treatment of a patient for a bacteremia. It is then necessary to treat the whole delivery system with the antibiotic or remove the untreated system at each occasion of treatment. The delivery system may have been the source of the bacteremia and most likely would have been removed, but a newly
PERCEVAL A. Infection from Intravenous Delivery Systems. Ann Intern Med. ;93:376–377. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-376_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(2):376-377.
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