Transcutaneously tunneled central venous lines in cancer patients: An analysis of device-related morbidity factors based on prospective data collection
Catheterization, Central Venous
Transcutaneous tunneled central venous lines can be placed safely, with a considerable incidence of subsequent device-specific complications, but a high salvage rate. Factors determining outcome are related to device placement, as well as the patient's disease status. In this study, patients alive 90 days after catheter placement had a 37% chance for a device complication, with a 20% chance for device loss. Future analyses of intermediate-term intravenous access should employ the measurement of device-specific outcome as a reference parameter to assess clinical results.