Journal Watch - Tunnel Infection
A Post-op Surgical Girdle for Pain and Catheter Tunnel Infections in Urgent Start PD
Urgent start PD can be associated with pain and tunnel infections. In a study of 85 consecutive PD catheter placements, a surgical girdle was used from days 1-3 while patients were supine. Among the 23 patients who completed pain surveys, the girdle helped significantly. Tunnel infections were reduced as well.
Read the abstract » | (added 2019-11-16)
Moving the PD Exit Site to Combat Infection
A 5-year retrospective cohort analysis looked at the impact of treating PD exit site and tunnel infections in 27 patients by removing the cuff and relocating the catheter under local anesthetic. After follow up ranging from 10.8 to 79.4 months, no leaks occurred, and the infections resolved in 74% of the patients. The rest had to have their catheters removed.
Read the abstract » | (added 2019-06-13)