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Use of cultivation-dependent and -independent techniques to assess contamination of central venous catheters: a pilot study

Mette KS Larsen1, Trine R Thomsen12*, Claus Moser3, Niels Høiby3 and Per H Nielsen1

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1 Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg University, Sohngaardsholmsvej 49, DK-9000 Aalborg, Denmark

2 The Danish Technological Institute, Chemistry and Water Technology, Kongsvang Allé 29, DK-8000 Århus C, Denmark

3 Department of Clinical Microbiology, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 22, DK 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

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BMC Clinical Pathology 2008, 8:10  doi:10.1186/1472-6890-8-10

Published: 28 October 2008

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Word format, DGGE data, Identity of bacteria found on the individual catheters, based on sequenced DGGE-bands. X indicates that the species was identified on the catheter. "I" refers to a biofilm sample from the internal site, "E" refers to a biofilm sample from the external site, and "M" is a mixed sample. Accession number for closest relatives are included if they were unknown microorganisms. For catheter number 7 no DGGE data was obtained.

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