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The Cost of Antibiotic Resistance: Effect of Resistance Among Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on Length of Hospital Stay

Brooklyn Antibiotic Resistance Task Force
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 23, No. 2 (February 2002), pp. 106-108
DOI: 10.1086/502018
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502018
Page Count: 3
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The Cost of Antibiotic Resistance: Effect of Resistance Among Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on Length of Hospital Stay
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Abstract

ABSTRACT To assess the effect of antimicrobial resistance on length of hospital stay, a case–control study compared infections due to four nosocomial pathogens. Significantly increased lengths of stay were associated with infections due to methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus, extended‐spectrum ß‐lactamase–producing Klebsiella pneumoniae, and carbapenem‐resistant Acinetobacter baumannii or Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Infections with resistant pathogens are associated with prolonged hospitalization.

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