Assessment of Bacteremia in a Large Tertiary Care Hospital in Northern Vietnam: a Single-Center Retrospective Surveillance Study

Jpn J Infect Dis. 2019 Mar 25;72(2):118-120. doi: 10.7883/yoken.JJID.2018.163. Epub 2018 Oct 31.


The clinical analysis of cases of bacteremia is valuable. However, limited data on bacteremia are available in Vietnam. We conducted a single-center retrospective surveillance study at the Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam between 2009 and 2012. In total, 45,366 blood cultures were analyzed. The number of blood cultures per 1,000 patient-days was 9.59 sets. The percentage of solitary blood culture sets was 49.6%, and the rate of positive blood cultures was 13.9%. The major pathogens isolated in adults were coagulase-negative Staphylococcus species (16.7%), followed by Escherichia coli (6.8%), Streptococcus spp. excluding Streptococcus pneumoniae (3.8%), and Staphylococcus aureus (5.2%). Other major pathogens identified were Klebsiella spp. (4.2%) and Acinetobacter spp. (2.2%). The number of blood cultures per 1,000 patient-days was lower and the percentage of solitary blood culture sets higher than that of a Japanese study (9.6 vs. 25.2 and 49.6% vs. 32.8%, respectively). The distribution of microorganisms was unique in terms of the relative predominance of cases of Acinetobacter bacteremia. The percentage of cases of healthcare-associated bacteremia may be relatively high.

Keywords: Vietnam; bacteremia; surveillance.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bacteremia / epidemiology*
  • Bacteria / classification*
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Epidemiological Monitoring
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tertiary Care Centers
  • Vietnam / epidemiology
  • Young Adult