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Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase - Factors to Identify Patients

Purpose:

To evalaute a patient for risk factors associated with harboring bacteria producing an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology

Objective:

risk factors, failure handling and therapy escalation

ICD-10:

U82

Description:

Pfaller and Segreti listed risk factors that can be used to identify a patient who may be harboring bacteria producing an extended-spectrum beta lactamase. A patient with one or more risk factors would be a candidate for closer monitoring and more aggressive management, especially if there was an unexplained failure in therapy with a beta-lactam antibiotic. The authors are from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and Rush Medical College in Chicago.

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