Infectious morbidity associated with long-term use of venous access devices in patients with cancer
Catheterization, Central Venous
Infusion Pumps, Implantable
The incidence of infections per device-day was 12 times greater with catheters than with ports. Patients with solid tumors were the least likely to have device-related infectious morbidity compared with those with hematologic cancers. The reasons for the difference in infectious complications is uncertain but may be attributable to type of disease, intensity of therapy, frequency with which devices are accessed, or duration of neutropenia.