Septicemia in adults: II. Factors in prognosis.

F. D. Wang, L. S. Wang, C. Y. Liu, D. L. Cheng, R. W. Duh, I. K. Tsai

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Over the period of 2 months between October and November, 1987, 190 episodes of septicemia in adults were monitored at Veterans General Hospital-Taipei. The most common causative microorganisms were Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. The most frequent sources of infection came from intra-abdominal (gastro-intestinal as well as hepato-biliary), urinary and respiratory tract. Its overall mortality was 34.7%. Factors associated with a higher mortality from septicemia were old age, rapidly fatal underlying disease, hospital acquired infection, hypothermia, hypotension/shock, high-risk source of infection (from respiratory tract, skin/soft tissue, surgical wound or other unknown source), high-risk microorganisms (Candida species, Ps. aeruginosa or K. Pneumoniae) and inappropriate antimicrobial therapy. Identification of these factors may help early correction of reversible factors and improve its prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Medical Journal (Taipei)
Volume44
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Sepsis
Intraabdominal Infections
Veterans Hospitals
Mortality
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Biliary Tract
Cross Infection
Hypothermia
Urinary Tract
Candida
General Hospitals
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory System
Hypotension
Staphylococcus aureus
Shock
Pneumonia
Escherichia coli
Skin

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Wang, F. D., Wang, L. S., Liu, C. Y., Cheng, D. L., Duh, R. W., & Tsai, I. K. (1989). Septicemia in adults: II. Factors in prognosis. Chinese Medical Journal (Taipei), 44(2), 89-94.

Septicemia in adults : II. Factors in prognosis. / Wang, F. D.; Wang, L. S.; Liu, C. Y.; Cheng, D. L.; Duh, R. W.; Tsai, I. K.

In: Chinese Medical Journal (Taipei), Vol. 44, No. 2, 08.1989, p. 89-94.

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Wang, FD, Wang, LS, Liu, CY, Cheng, DL, Duh, RW & Tsai, IK 1989, 'Septicemia in adults: II. Factors in prognosis.', Chinese Medical Journal (Taipei), vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 89-94.
Wang FD, Wang LS, Liu CY, Cheng DL, Duh RW, Tsai IK. Septicemia in adults: II. Factors in prognosis. Chinese Medical Journal (Taipei). 1989 Aug;44(2):89-94.
Wang, F. D. ; Wang, L. S. ; Liu, C. Y. ; Cheng, D. L. ; Duh, R. W. ; Tsai, I. K. / Septicemia in adults : II. Factors in prognosis. In: Chinese Medical Journal (Taipei). 1989 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 89-94.
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