Broken Clamp on a Cuffed Tunneled Catheter—Are All Catheters Equal?
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
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Seminars in Dialysis
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 104–106, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Amin, P., Moossavi, S. and Vachharajani, T. J. (2011), Broken Clamp on a Cuffed Tunneled Catheter—Are All Catheters Equal?. Seminars in Dialysis, 24: 104–106. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2011.00845.x
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
The use of a cuffed tunneled catheter (CTC) as an initial access in the incident hemodialysis population in the United States remains high. Several different brands of catheters are available for clinical use. Their mechanical problems (such as broken clamps, hubs or leaking and cracked extension tubes) are seldom reported in the literature, even though they add to morbidity and higher health care expense. This study highlights issues related to commonly used catheters and suggests, in the interest of patient safety, a need for improved regulatory oversight in the manufacturing of CTCs.