Central line: Candida albicans – Shipped April 2011
This sample was sent as a simulated sample obtained from a central line. Laboratories were expected to isolate, identify, and perform susceptibility testing to antifungal agents according to their protocols, or refer the sample to an appropriate laboratory for further testing.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1104-1
- Candidemia is the fourth most common cause of nosocomial bloodstream infections in much of the developed world.
- The most frequently implicated risk factors include the use of broad-spectrum antibacterial agents, use of central venous catheters, receipt of parenteral nutrition, receipt of renal replacement therapy by patients in ICUs, neutropenia, use of implantable prosthetic devices, and receipt of immunosuppressive agents.