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Healthcare-associated infections among neonates in Brazil.
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PMID:  15484803     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) among neonates. DESIGN: Prospective surveillance of HAIs was conducted during 2 years. Infections beginning within 48 hours of birth were defined as HAIs of maternal origin. Death occurring during an active episode of HAI was considered related to HAI. SETTING: Seven neonatal units located in three Brazilian cities. PATIENTS: All admitted neonates were included and observed until discharge. RESULTS: Twenty-two percent of 4,878 neonates had at least one HAI. The overall incidence density was 24.9 per 1,000 patient-days, and 28.1% of all HAIs were maternally acquired. HAI rates ranged from 12.3% in the group with a birth weight (BW) of more than 2,500 g to 51.9% in the group with a BW of 1,000 g or less. The main HAIs were bloodstream infection (BSI) and pneumonia. Coagulase-negative staphylococci, Enterobacter species, Staphylococcus aureus, and Klebsiella pneumoniae were the main pathogens. Forty percent of all deaths were related to HAI. Central venous catheter (CVC)-associated BSIs per 1,000 CVC-days ranged from 17.3 (BW, 1,501 to 2,500 g; device utilization [DU], 0.11) to 34.9 (BW, < or = 1,000 g; DU, 34.92). Ventilator-associated pneumonia per 1,000 ventilator-days ranged from 7.0 (BW, < or = 1,000 g; DU, 0.34) to 9.2 (BW, 1,001 to 1,500 g; DU, 0.14). CONCLUSIONS: The high proportion of HAIs of maternal origin highlights perinatal care issues in Brazil and the need to improve the diagnosis of neonatal HAIs. The very low BW group and device-associated infections should be priorities for prevention strategies in this population.
Carmem Lúcia Pessoa-Silva; Rosana Richtmann; Roseli Calil; Rosana Maria Rangel Santos; Maria Luiza M Costa; Ana Cristina Cisne Frota; Sergio Barsanti Wey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0899-823X     ISO Abbreviation:  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-15     Completed Date:  2004-12-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804099     Medline TA:  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  772-7     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Brazil / epidemiology
Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
Cross Infection / epidemiology*,  etiology,  microbiology,  prevention & control
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal / statistics & numerical data
Population Surveillance
Prospective Studies
Respiration, Artificial / adverse effects
Risk Factors

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