Table 4

Bacteriology of blood culture and positive percutaneous central venous line segments

Blood cultureTip segmentMiddle segmentProximal segment
Clinically septic infants n=47Colonised subgroup n=37Clinically septic infants n=47Colonised subgroup n=37Clinically septic infants n=47Colonised subgroup n=37Clinically septic infants n=47
Positive growth, n (%)23 (49)16 (34)20 (54)20 (54)14 (30)29 (78)11 (23)
CoNS18161818132610
Staphylococcus aureus122
Enterobacter cloacae21
Enterococcus sp.1111
Coliforms1*1
Pseudomonas sp.1
  • Data are the number of positive cultures.

  • – indicates negative culture.

  • * One tip grew CoNS and a coliform.

  • CoNS, coagulase-negative staphylococcus.