Secondary Blood Infection Related To Severe Covid-19: Study
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The study, published in the Journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, aimed to examine the microbiology, risk factors, and outcomes in hospitalized patients with severe Covid-19 and secondary bloodstream infections.

The team examined 375 patients diagnosed with severe Covid-19. Of that group, they sampled 128 cases that had secondary bloodstream infections, 92 percent of which were bacterial infections.

Co-lead author Pinki Bhatt, an assistant professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Division of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease said, these patients were more likely to have altered mental status, lower percent oxygen saturation, septic shock and to be admitted to the intensive care unit compared to those without bloodstream infections.

The researchers also found that patients who required advanced supplemental oxygen after hospitalization had higher odds of secondary bloodstream infections. The in-hospital mortality rate for these patients was more than 50 per cent.

Also 80 per cent of all the patients in the study received antimicrobials at some point during hospitalization, including those who did not have bloodstream infections. This likely reflects clinicians inclination to administer antimicrobials given the limited information on the natural course of this novel disease," Bhatt said.

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https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa1748/5995838
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