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A comparison of the NiagaraTM and Dolphin® catheters for continuous renal replacement therapy

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by I Kim, N Fealy, Ian BaldwinIan Baldwin, R Bellomo
Purpose The choice of vascular access catheter may affect filter life during continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT); specifically, a new surface-modified catheter has been reported to possibly prevent thrombosis and catheter malfunction. Design and Setting A sequential, controlled study in a tertiary ICU. Aims To compare circuit life when CRRT was performed with a Bard®Niagara™ catheter or the surface-modified GamCath™ Dolphin® Protect 1320 catheter. Patients and measurements We studied 50 patients with acute kidney injury requiring CRRT, all delivered with catheters in the femoral position. We obtained information on age, gender, disease severity score (APACHE II and APACHE III), filter life, total heparin dose, hemoglobin concentration, platelet count, INR, and aPTT during CRRT. Results We studied 341 circuits in 50 patients; 30 patients (140 circuits) used the Niagara and 20 patients (201 circuits) used the Dolphin catheter. Mean of circuit life in two groups was 14.9 hours and 13.1 hours, respectively (p=0.22). Patients using Niagara catheters had a more prolonged APTT (p<0.01) and lower platelet count (p=0.05), while heparin dose (p=0.22), and other anticoagulant treatment (p=0.73) were not significantly different. On Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, circuit life was not significant different between the two catheters (p=0.15). Conclusions The Niagara and Dolphin catheters appear to be broadly equivalent in terms of their impact on circuit life.

History

Journal

International Journal of Artificial Organs

Volume

34

Pagination

1061-1066

Location

United States

ISSN

0391-3988

eISSN

1724-6040

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

11

Publisher

SAGE Publications