Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia at a tertiary care center: a cohort study

J Med Liban. Oct-Dec 2006;54(4):191-5.


Background: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia (PAB) is associated with high mortality and morbidity rates, but the outcome for patients with PAB has not been recently well evaluated.

Methods: Between 1997 and 1999, all episodes of PAB at the Hôtel-Dieu de France University Hospital, Lebanon, were analyzed to evaluate the outcome for patients with PAB.

Results: Fifty-five episodes of PAB in 53 patients (26 episodes in men and 29 in women) were analyzed. The mean age of the patients in the cohort was 60.7 years (range: 18-89 years). The mean time between the onset of hospitalization and the first episode of PAB was 21 days (range: 0-77 days). Most of the tested isolates showed favorable in vitro susceptibility to ceftazidime (85%), amikacin (77%) and imipenem (67%). The overall in-hospital cumulative survival was 89% at one week and 49% at 2 months. Among the variables analyzed, four were statistically associated with a higher mortality rate: prior use of antimicrobials (85% vs 54%), use of systemic steroids (49% vs 36%), intubation (67% vs 32%), and admission to the intensive care unit (74% vs 39%) (P < .05).

Conclusion: Hospitalized patients with PAB have low survival rates. Newer strategies for prevention and treatment are crucial.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacteremia / drug therapy
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Bacteremia / mortality
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Hospital Mortality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / isolation & purification*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents