Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter infection mortality rate and length of hospitalization

Rebecca H. Sunenshine, Marc Oliver Wright, Lisa L. Maragakis, Anthony D. Harris, Xiaoyan Song, Joan Hebden, Sara E. Cosgrove, Ashley Anderson, Jennifer Carnell, Daniel B. Jernigan, David G. Kleinbaum, Trish M. Perl, Harold C. Standiford, Arjun Srinivasan

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Acinetobacter infections have increased and gained attention because of the organism's prolonged environmental survival and propensity to develop antimicrobial drug resistance. The effect of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter infection on clinical outcomes has not been reported. A retrospective, matched cohort investigation was performed at 2 Baltimore hospitals to examine outcomes of patients with MDR Acinetobacter infection compared with patients with susceptible Acinetobacter infections and patients without Acinetobacter infections. Multivariable analysis controlling for severity of illness and underlying disease identified an independent association between patients with MDR Acinetobacter infection (n = 96) and increased hospital and intensive care unit length of stay compared with 91 patients with susceptible Acinetobacter infection (odds ratio [OR] 2.5, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.2-5.2 and OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.0-4.3] respectively) and 89 uninfected patients (OR 2.5, 95% CI 1.2-5.4 and OR 4.2, 95% CI 1.5-11.6] respectively). Increased hospitalization associated with MDR Acinetobacter infection emphasizes the need for infection control strategies to prevent cross-transmission in healthcare settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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