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Health Care-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Purpose:

To determine if a patient with a bloodstream infection has a health care associated infection.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

criteria for diagnosis

ICD-10:

A49.9

Description:

Friedman et al evaluated bloodstream infections in patients who have had an association with health care facility or provider prior to onset. The isolates from these patients tend to resemble nosocomial pathogens, with an increased risk for antibiotic-resistant organisms. The authors are from Duke University, Durham Regional Hospital and Nash General Hospital in North Carolina.

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