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Table 1 Characteristics of infections in tunneled permanent catheters versus nontunneled temporary catheters

From: The use of a tunneled permanent catheter as temporary vascular access in arteriovenous graft patients for long-term patency

  Number of catheters inserted Number of infection Observation period Infection rates per 1000 catheter-days Infection relative risk Reference
Tunneled permanent catheter 37 6 36-month period 2.9 RR 3.7 (1.8-7.5), p<0.001 Weijmer et al. [6]
Nontunneled temporary catheter 235 52 12.8
Tunneled permanent catheter 36 NA 16-month period NA RR 1.4 (0.6-3.4), p=0.41 Mendu et al. [9]
Nontunneled temporary catheter 91 NA NA
Tunneled permanent catheter 310 86 24-month period 5.5 - Saad et al. [10]
Tunneled permanent catheter 182 28 16-month period 5.8 - Rocklin et al. [11]
Tunneled permanent catheter 108 (Patients) 92 12-month period 4.6 - Lee et al. [12]
  1. NA not available