Pilot study: Preparation for a randomized trial comparing gauze dressings to no dressings for tunneled right atrial catheters (TRACs)

Karin Olson, Shirley Gaudet, Robert Rennie

Abstract


The purpose of this pilot study was to prepare for a large randomized trial comparing a dressing and a no-dressing intervention for patients with tunneled right atrial catheters (TRACs). Twenty-four patients, some undergoing bone marrow transplants, were accrued. In the dressing group, four out of 11 participants developed sepsis, compared to three out of 13 in the no-dressing group.

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