The Risk Factors for Development of Sepsis in Newborns with a Central Venous Catheter and the Association with the Serum Zinc LevelsCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Soundarya Mahalingam,
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore-575001, Karnataka, India.
Introduction: Neonates with indwelling central venous catheters are at risk of developing the infection. Serum zinc plays a major role in mounting an immune response.
Aim: To analyse the risk factors for development of sepsis in hitherto aseptic neonates with a centrally inserted venous catheter and associate with their serum zinc levels.
Materials and Methods: After Institutional Ethics Committee Approval, 132 neonates were included who required NICU admission and had an indwelling central venous catheter and their serum zinc levels were measured. Only neonates who were proven aseptic at admission were included and were followed up for development of signs of sepsis using the Clinical Sepsis (CSEP) criteria, baseline septic screen parameters and blood culture, at admission and on the Day 5 along with catheter site culture. This was then correlated with their serum zinc levels and analysed by Mann-Whitney’s test using SPSS 17.0.
Results: Out of 132 neonates, 19 had low and 113 neonates had normal zinc levels respectively (Zn<55 µg/dL). A total of 25% neonates developed clinical sepsis by day 5 and 23.5% of neonates had positive catheter site culture. Neonates without clinical sepsis had slightly higher levels of zinc as compared to neonates who had clinical sepsis (147 µg/dL and 141 µg/dL). Neonates born to mothers without risk factors and neonates without perinatal asphyxia had higher zinc levels. Neonates with perinatal asphyxia (152.87 µg/dL, 94.2 µg/dL and 134 µg/ dL, 131.75 µg/dL respectively) showed statistically significant association with zinc deficiency. Neonates with significant band-neutrophil ratio on Day 5 had lower zinc levels than those with normal band-neutrophil ratio (107 µg/dL and 111 µg/dL).
Conclusion: The risk factor for sepsis in neonates with indwelling catheters associated with zinc deficiency was perinatal asphyxia. Prematurity, low birth weight, maternal risk factors and clinically septic newborns had lower zinc levels, though statistically not significant.
Clinical sepsis, Indwelling intravenous line, Perinatal asphyxia
Lakshmi Jagath Kumar, Soundarya Mahalingam, Rukmini Mysore Srikantiah, Ali Kumble, Basavaprabhu Achappa. THE RISK FACTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SEPSIS IN NEWBORNS WITH A CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER AND THE ASSOCIATION WITH THE SERUM ZINC LEVELS. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2019 February [cited: 2019 Feb 19 ]; 13:SC01-SC04. Available from
Date of Submission: Aug 22, 2018
Date of Peer Review: Oct 09, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Nov 27, 2018
Date of Publishing: Feb 01, 2019
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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