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Revista Medica Herediana

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SEDANO-ROJAS, Katherine et al. Isolation of Candida sp. in cultures of intravascular catheters in a hospital of high complexity.: 2008-2009, Lima-Peru. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.4, pp.176-181. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objective: To determine the frequency of isolation of Candida in cultures of Vascular Catheters in a high complexity hospital between 2008 and 2009 and describe the clinical characteristics of patients. Material and methods: Retrospective and descriptive study. We reviewed 783 records of intravascular catheter cultures (IVC) at Microbiology Section, Central Laboratory of the Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia, from January 2008 to December 2009, and medical history of patients with positive culture to Candida sp. We used descriptive statistic and spreadsheet Microsoft Excel 2007 and Epi Info statistical software version 3.4.3. Results: There were 467 (59.6%) positive cultures, 425 (91%) were bacteria. S. epidermidis was isolated in 215/467 (46%), being predominant in the Intensive Care Unit Newborn (ICU-RN). Candida was isolated in 42 (9%), Candida sp 43.8%, 25% C. albicans and 31.3% C. krusei. Conclusions: The frequency of isolation of Candida in VIC cultures was 9%, being the most common species C. krusei. 18.7% of patients with positive culture died.(Rev Med Hered 2011;22:176-181).

Keywords : Intravascular catheters; nosocomial infection; candidemia.

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