antibiotic lock

noun

: a technique in which a concentrated antibiotic solution is instilled and kept within a patient's catheter for a prolonged period (such as 10 to 12 hours) to prevent or treat a catheter-related infection
The antibiotic lock is aimed at decreasing intraluminal microbial colonization …Elizabeth Krzywda et al., in The Science and Practice of Nutrition Support …
Catheters that are not easily replaced can sometimes be treated successfully with antibiotic lock therapy …Paul L. Marino and Kenneth M. Sutin, The Little ICU Book of Facts & Formulas

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“Antibiotic lock.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/antibiotic%20lock. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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