Patients exposed to multiple devices but free of hospital-acquired infection

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“Intensive care unit patients exposed to multiple devices but free of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) until discharge were identified through a surveillance network of HAIs in Lyon, France, between 2003 and 2011” Bénet et al (2014).

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Bénet, T., Haesebaert, J., Hernu, R., Piriou, V., Guérin, C., Aubrun, F., Allaouchiche, B., Bastien, O. Lehot, J-J., Chomat-Jaboulay, S., Gerbier-Colomban, S., Girard, R. and Vanhems, P. (2014) Characterization of patients exposed to multiple devices but free of hospital-acquired infection at intensive care unit discharge. American Journal of Infection Control. December 13th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Intensive care unit patients exposed to multiple devices but free of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) until discharge were identified through a surveillance network of HAIs in Lyon, France, between 2003 and 2011. Multiexposed patients were defined according to the tenth deciles of length of stay and exposures to invasive devices. Overall, 982 (5.0%) multiexposed patients were identified; 154 (15.7%) remained uninfected. Multiexposed infected patients differed from noninfected patients regarding length of exposures and mortality.

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