A 32-year-old female
patient has had multiple resections of the bowel on account of recurrent Crohn's
disease. This has resulted in intestinal failure and she is dependent on home
She has a Broviac catheter inserted for central venous access. She presents with
fever accompanied by chills and rigors.
No physical signs are demonstrable.
Cultures taken both centrally and peripherally demonstrate the presence of
methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus.
Your next course of action would be
with intravenous vancomycin for 14 days followed by repeat cultures
with intravenous teicoplanin for 14 days followed by repeat cultures
the antibiotic sensitivity prior to commencing antibiotic treatment
not use the intravenous line until the infection has been successfully
e) Remove the intravenous line