TableĀ 2

Potential risk factors for IPC-related pleural infection

Patient-related factorsUnderlying tumour
Ongoing chemotherapy
Immune status
Skin diseases
Ability to adhere to aseptic techniques
IPC-related factorsDrainage regimen
Drainage volume
Patients and carers education
Duration of IPC in situ
Clinician-related factorsInsertion procedure
Expertise in after-care
Surveillance and audit
Dressing techniques
Infection control bundles
  • IPC, indwelling pleural catheter.