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Table 3 Unexplained fever, catheter removed and positive microbiology (EXPERT OPINION)

From: Expert consensus-based clinical practice guidelines management of intravascular catheters in the intensive care unit

Catheter removed in a context of fever and positive microbiology Antibiotics and duration
Staphylococcus aureus, Candida spp.
 Negative blood culture 3–5 days
 Positive blood culture with no remote complications 14 days
 Positive blood culture with remote complications 4 to 6 weeks
Enterobacteriaceae, enterococci, coagulase-negative Staphylococcus
 Negative blood culture No antibioticsa
 Positive blood culture with no distant complications 7 days
 Positive blood culture with remote complications 4 to 6 weeks
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii
 Negative blood culture 3–5 daysa
 Positive blood culture with no distant complications 7 days
 Positive blood culture with distant complications 4 to 6 weeks
  1. aThese proposals are based on poor-quality epidemiological data and are only presented as a guide. They must be modulated according to the presence of signs of clinical sepsis, intravascular devices, and underlying immunosuppression