Antibiotic impregnated catheters
The placement of catheters in the ventricles of the brain in patients with severe head injury carries a risk of infection.
Commercially available antibiotic impregnated catheters are purported to reduce the risk of infection.
Our neurosurgery registrars initiated an RCT to evaluate the use of these catheters. The trial, which was funded by the Alfred Foundation and the Australian Brain Foundation, should definitively answer the question of whether the antibiotic impregnated drain reduces the risk of infection in the ventricles.