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The effect of empiric antibiotic therapy on mortality in debilitated patients with dementia.
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PMID:  21267621     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The purpose of this investigation was to assess the effect of empirical antibiotic treatment on 30-day mortality among debilitated inpatients with dementia and Gram-negative bacteremia. A retrospective cohort study in the years 2005-2007 was undertaken. Data were collected through patient chart review. The association between individual variables and 30-day mortality was assessed through univariate analysis. Variables significantly associated with mortality (p < 0.05) were entered into a logistic regression analysis. Adjusted odds ratios (ORs) for mortality with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) are shown. Subgroup analysis of patients with and without decubitus ulcers was performed. In our cohort of 378 patients with dementia and Gram-negative bacteremia, the 30-day mortality was 39% overall and 61% in the subgroup of patients with decubitus ulcers. Inappropriate empirical therapy was associated with higher mortality, although this effect was not statistically significant (OR 1.41, 95% CI 0.86-2.29). Inappropriate empirical therapy did not affect mortality in the subgroup of patients with decubitus ulcers (OR 0.37, 95% CI 0.11-1.28). Other factors found to independently affect mortality included age, co-morbidities, source of infection, sepsis severity, and hospital-acquired infection. Appropriate empirical antibiotic therapy for patients with dementia and severe bacterial infection did not have a clear advantage, especially in the sickest group of patients with decubitus ulcers.
S Reisfeld; M Paul; B S Gottesman; P Shitrit; L Leibovici; M Chowers
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-26
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Title:  European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1435-4373     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804297     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Infectious Diseases Unit, Meir Medical Center, 59 Tsharnichovski St., Kfar Saba, 44281, Israel.
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