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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:212

Catheters coated with antibiotics reduce infections: Coating catheters with antibiotics can greatly reduce a major source of infection among hospital patients. This was the finding of a study in which catheters saturated inside and outside with the antibiotics minocycline and rifampicin were compared with catheters coated on the outside only with the two antibacterial agents chlorhexidine …

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