Prospective study of bacteremia aftercardiac catheterization

Shmuel Banai, Vera Selitser, Andre Keren, Jesaia Benhorin, Orly Ben Shitrit, Shaul Yalon, Efraim Halperin

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Nine hundred sixty consecutive cardiac catheterization procedures were studied prospectively for the presence of periprocedural bacteremia. Overall, among 960 procedures, only 4 were associated with clinically significant bacteremia. All 4 were related to the intravenous line and none to the cardiac procedure itself. Clinically nonsignificant bacteremias were correlated with procedural duration, multiple skin punctures, use of multiple balloons, and obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004-1007
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


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