Epidemiology of subsequent bloodstream infections in the ICU

Crit Care. 2018 Oct 11;22(1):259. doi: 10.1186/s13054-018-2148-0.


Subsequent bloodstream infections (sBSI) occur with a delay after removal of the intravascular catheter (IVC) whose tip revealed microbial growth. Here we describe the epidemiology of sBSI in the intensive care setting. Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and yeast were the pathogens most frequently associated with sBSI. In contrast, Enterococci were rarely found in sBSI.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / epidemiology*
  • Catheter-Related Infections / complications*
  • Catheter-Related Infections / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration
  • Intensive Care Units / statistics & numerical data
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / pathogenicity
  • Serratia marcescens / pathogenicity
  • Staphylococcus aureus / pathogenicity
  • Switzerland / epidemiology