Table 1.

Patient groupsa

GroupnSymptomsExit SiteTreatment
aXchng, catheter exchange over guidewire; Nutunl, catheter exchange over guidewire with a new tunnel and exit site; Delay, delayed catheter replacement.
bThe character of the exit site did not influence this group.
Xchng49MildNormalAntibiotics for 3 wk, catheter exchange
Nutunl28MildInfectedAntibiotics for 3 wk, catheter exchange, new tunnel and exit site
Delay37SevereNAbAntibiotics for 3 wk, remove catheter, delay replacement