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Characteristics of Healthcare‐Associated Infections Contributing to Unexpected In‐Hospital Deaths

Daniel J. Morgan , MD, Lucia L. Lomotan , MD, Kathleen Agnes , RN, CIC, Linda McGrail , RN, CIC and Mary‐Claire Roghmann , MD, MS
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 31, No. 8 (August 2010), pp. 864-866
DOI: 10.1086/655018
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/655018
Page Count: 3
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Abstract

We reviewed the medical records of all the patients who died in our hospital during the period from 2004 through 2008 to determine the contribution of healthcare‐associated infections to mortality. Of the 179 unexpected in‐hospital deaths during that period, 55 (31%) were related to 69 healthcare‐associated infections. The most common healthcare‐associated infection was central line–associated bloodstream infection, and the most common organisms identified were members of the Enterobacteriaceae family. Overall, 45% of bacterial isolates were multidrug resistant.

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