- •Previous bloodstream infections (BSI) and a higher number of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertions are associated with an increased risk of central catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI).
- •A lack of chronic comorbidities may help prevent CRBSI.
- •There is no significant difference in the characteristics of infections between the different BSI categories.
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All authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
Funding: This work was supported by funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No. 81903973 ), Guangdong Traditional Chinese Medicine Bureau (project no. 20202064 ), and the Youth Research Fund Project of the Innovation to Strengthen Hospital Project of the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (project no. 2019QN03 ).
Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
Compliance with ethics guidelines: The presented study received approval from The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and conformed with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964 (as revised in 2013) concerning human and animal rights. On account of the investigation being carried out through retrospective review of medical records, ethics approval was not required due to no foreseeable impact on the rights and/or welfare of subjects involved. Consent from study participants was additionally not obtained due to the study solely involving retrospective review of medical records.
Data availability: The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.