Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Among Patients Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis: Trends in Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes.

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RATIONALE & OBJECTIVE: Staphylococcus aureus (Saureus) bacteremia (SAB) is associated with morbidity and mortality in patients receiving maintenance hemodialysis (HD). We evaluated changes in clinical and bacterial characteristics, and their associations with clinical outcomes with SAB in this population over a 21-year period. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 453 hospitalized, non-neutropenic adults receiving maintenance HD who developed monomicrobial SAB between 1995 and 2015. EXPOSURE: Clinical characteristics and bacterial genotype. OUTCOME: All-cause and SAB-attributable mortality, persistent bacteremia, and metastatic complications. ANALYTICAL APPROACH: Proportions of participants experiencing each outcome were calculated overall and by calendar year. Secular trends were estimated using binomial risk regression, a generalized linear model with the log link function for a binomial outcome. Associations with outcomes were estimated using logistic regression. RESULTS: Over the 21-year study period, patients receiving maintenance HD experienced significant increases in age- and diabetes-adjusted SAB-attributable mortality (0.45% [95% CI, 0.36%-0.46%] per year), persistent bacteremia (0.86% [95% CI, 0.14%-1.55%] per year), metastatic complications (0.84% [95% CI, 0.11%-1.56%] per year), and infection with the virulent Saureus clone USA300 (1.47% [95% CI, 0.33%-2.52%] per year). Over time, the suspected source of SAB was less likely to be a central venous catheter (-1.32% [95% CI, -2.05 to-0.56%] per year) or arteriovenous graft (-1.08% [95% CI, -1.54 to-0.56] per year), and more likely to be a nonvascular access source (1.89% [95% CI, 1.29%-2.43%] per year). Patients with a nonvascular access suspected source of infection were more likely to die as a result of their S aureus infection (OR, 3.20 [95% CI, 1.36-7.55]). The increase in USA300 infections may have contributed to the observed increase in persistent bacteremia (OR, 2.96 [95% CI, 1.12-7.83]) but did not explain the observed increases in SAB-attributable mortality (OR, 0.83 [95% CI, 0.19-3.61]) or metastatic complications (OR, 1.34 [95% CI, 0.53-3.41]). LIMITATIONS: Single-center, inpatient cohort. CONCLUSIONS: The clinical and molecular epidemiology of SAB in patients receiving maintenance HD has changed over time, with an increase in SAB-attributable mortality and morbidity despite a decline in catheter-related infections.

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Cited Authors

  • Sinclair, MR; Souli, M; Ruffin, F; Park, LP; Dagher, M; Eichenberger, EM; Maskarinec, SA; Thaden, JT; Mohnasky, M; Wyatt, CM; Fowler, VG

Published Date

  • March 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 393 - 403.e1

PubMed ID

  • 34303771

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8783931

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-6838

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/j.ajkd.2021.06.018


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States