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Giuseppe Citerio, Liana Signorini, Alfio Bronco, Alessia Vargiolu, Matteo Rota, Nicola Latronico
OBJECTIVE: Use of external ventricular drains and lumbar catheters is associated with a risk of ventriculitis and meningitis ranging from 2% to 24% because of lack of standardized diagnostic criteria. We evaluated the prevalence of ventriculitis or meningitis in 13 Italian ICUs. DESIGN: Multicenter, prospective study. SETTING: Thirteen Italian ICUs. PATIENTS: Two hundred seventy-one patients (mean age, 57 yr) receiving a total number of 311 catheters...
August 2015: Critical Care Medicine
Sara E Hocker, Lin Tian, Guangxi Li, James M Steckelberg, Jay N Mandrekar, Alejandro A Rabinstein
IMPORTANCE: Fever is common in critically ill neurologic patients. Knowledge of the indicators of central fever may allow greater antibiotic stewardship in this era of rapidly developing super-resistant microorganisms. OBJECTIVE: To develop a model to differentiate central from infectious fever in critically ill neurologic patients with fever of an undetermined cause. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective data collection from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2010, at a 20-bed neurologic intensive care unit of a large teaching hospital...
December 2013: JAMA Neurology
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