Bloodstream Infections in Community Hospitals

Bacteremia and sepsis are leading causes of death among hospitalized patients. Appropriate antibiotic therapy is paramount for patients with these infections. Unfortunately, many patients with bacteremia and sepsis do not receive the therapy they need. This problem is not well understood, in particular, among patients admitted to community hospitals. As a result, DICON researchers are performing a retrospective cohort analysis of more than 2,000 patients with bacteremia admitted to 10 DICON hospitals from 2003 through 2006 to determine specific risk factors and characteristics associated with receipt of inappropriate therapy. Findings from this study will be used to develop interventions to improve care for patients admitted to community hospitals with this devastating infection.