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
JournalZhonghua yi xue za zhi Chinese medical journal; Free China ed
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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