Risk factors associated with unfavorable short-term treatment outcome in patients with documented Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection.

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BACKGROUND: Invasive infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. While risk factors for mortality have been identified, their influence on short-term outcomes impacting treatment selection has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between select patient- and treatment-related factors and short-term outcomes in patients with PA pneumonia and/or bacteremia. SETTING: Large academic medical center in the United States. METHODS: This IRB-approved single-center, retrospective case-cohort study included patients >18 years of age with culture-confirmed PA bacteremia and/or pneumonia receiving antimicrobial agent(s) active against PA. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Risk of unfavorable short-term treatment result. RESULTS: The population consisted of 117 patients (40 [34 %] and 77 [66 %] in the unfavorable and not-unfavorable groups, respectively). Baseline characteristics including age (mean of 63 years), gender (55 % male), Charlson score, creatinine clearance, and body mass index were comparable between groups. Piperacillin/tazobactam was the most common monotherapy antibiotic (46 and 33 % in unfavorable and not-unfavorable groups, respectively). Combination therapy primarily consisted of a beta-lactam plus ciprofloxacin in both unfavorable (10 %) and not-unfavorable (20 %) outcome groups. The preliminary regression model indicated that SIRS, direct ICU admission, and vasopressor therapy were associated with an unfavorable outcome. In addition, patients who received more than two active antimicrobials had a reduced risk of an unfavorable outcome. The final regression model revealed that vasopressor therapy (odds ratio [OR] 6.0; 95 % confidence interval [95 % CI] 2.3, 17) was associated with an unfavorable outcome, while receipt of greater than two active antibiotics was associated with a reduced risk of an unfavorable outcome (OR 0.26; 95 % CI 0.07, 0.83). CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with more than two agents with activity against PA was associated with a reduced risk of an unfavorable short-term treatment outcome in patients with bacteremia and/or pneumonia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • DiMondi, VP; Townsend, ML; Drew, RH

Published Date

  • April 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 348 - 354

PubMed ID

  • 25637406

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2210-7711

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11096-015-0067-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands