Changing aetiology of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections at three medical centres in Taiwan, 2000-2011

C. C. Lai, Y. H. Chen, S. H. Lin, K. P. Chung, W. H. Sheng, Wen-Chien Ko, P. R. Hsueh

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Abstract

This multicentre surveillance study was conducted to investigate the trends in incidence and aetiology of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections (HCA-BSIs) in Taiwan. From 2000 to 2011 a total of 56 830 HCA-BSIs were recorded at three medical centres, and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) were the most common pathogens isolated (n = 9465, 16·7%), followed by E. coli (n = 7599, 13·4%). The incidence of all HCA-BSIs in each and all hospitals significantly increased over the study period owing to the increase of aerobic Gram-positive cocci and Enterobacteriaceae by 4·2% and 3·6%, respectively. Non-fermenting Gram-negative bacteria, Bacteroides spp. and Candida spp. also showed an increase but there was a significant decline in the numbers of methicillin-resistant S. aureus. In conclusion, the incidence of HCA-BSIs in Taiwan is significantly increasing, especially for Enterobacteriaceae and aerobic Gram-positive cocci.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2180-2185
Number of pages6
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume142
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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