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The article, Can the identification of an idle line facilitate its removal? published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine (J Hosp Med. 2016;11[7]: 489493; doi: 10.1002/jhm.2573) included a typographical error in Table 1. The SIRS criteria are described as WBC <1000/mm3 but the description should read <4000/mm3. The data was collected and analyzed at the correct <4000/mm3 threshold. The corrected table reads:

Criteria to Justify the Presence of a Central Line
  • NOTE: If none of these criteria were met, the line was considered idle for that day. Abbreviations: IV, intravenous; TPN, total parenteral nutrition; SIRS, systemic inflammatory response syndrome; WBC, white blood count.

IV access needs
Expected duration of IV antibiotics >6 days
Administration of TPN
Anticipated requirement of home IV medications
Requirement of IV medications with documented difficult access
Hemorrhage requiring blood transfusions
Requiring more than 3 infusions
Requiring more than 2 infusions and blood transfusions
Abnormal vitals
Diastolic blood pressure >120 mm Hg
Systolic blood pressure <90 mm Hg
Systolic blood pressure >200 mm Hg
Heart rate >120 beats per minute
Heart rate <50 beats per minute
Respiratory rate >30 breaths per minute
Respiratory rate <10 breaths per minute
Oxygen saturation <90% as measured by pulse oximetry
Meeting SIRS criteria (2 or more of the following present)
Temp >38C, Temp <36C, heart rate >90 beats per minute, respiratory rate >20 breaths per minute, WBC >12,000/mm3, WBC <4,000/mm3, bandemia >10%

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