ICU mortality, LOS higher for elderly with HAIs, study says

04/17/2012 | Medscape (free registration)

In-hospital mortality rates for elderly ICU patients with a hospital-acquired infection are four times higher and lengths of stay are doubled, compared with those who do not have an infection, according to Sanofi researchers in Paris who reported findings to a European conference on infectious diseases. Patients with a central catheter or on mechanical ventilation had triple the risk of getting an HAI, with those over age 75 who came to the ICU from the emergency department at higher risk.

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