Microbial epidemiology patterns of surgical infection pathogens

Eugenio A. Debbia, G. C. Schito, L. Gualco, E. Tonoli, M. Dolcino, A. Marchese

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Abstract

Resistance, as assessed in vitro, has a number of serious consequences in clinical situations. Treatment failures are common when an inappropriate drug has been prescribed and this, in turn, may lead to hospitalization of patients who normally would have been treated on an outpatient basis, as well as to longer hospital stay for inpatients and to the use of alternative drugs, which may be more expensive and more toxic. These factors all contribute to increased health care costs, morbidity and mortality. Microbiological procedures may identify the causative pathogen and provide the appropriate susceptibility pattern to the physician, thus reducing the chances of therapeutic failures. However, for a number of reasons including cost - even in hospitals - not to mention general practice, infections are seldom diagnosed on an etiological basis. From what has been stated, the knowledge of bacterial epidemiology and resistance represents basic support for correct therapeutic decision-making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemotherapy
Volume13
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Epidemiology
Poisons
Infection
Treatment Failure
General Practice
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Health Care Costs
Inpatients
Length of Stay
Decision Making
Hospitalization
Outpatients
Morbidity
Physicians
Costs and Cost Analysis
Mortality
Therapeutics
In Vitro Techniques

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Gram-negative bacteria
  • Gram-positive bacteria
  • Surgical infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Debbia, E. A., Schito, G. C., Gualco, L., Tonoli, E., Dolcino, M., & Marchese, A. (2001). Microbial epidemiology patterns of surgical infection pathogens. Journal of Chemotherapy, 13(SPEC. ISS. 1), 84-88.

Microbial epidemiology patterns of surgical infection pathogens. / Debbia, Eugenio A.; Schito, G. C.; Gualco, L.; Tonoli, E.; Dolcino, M.; Marchese, A.

In: Journal of Chemotherapy, Vol. 13, No. SPEC. ISS. 1, 2001, p. 84-88.

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Debbia, EA, Schito, GC, Gualco, L, Tonoli, E, Dolcino, M & Marchese, A 2001, 'Microbial epidemiology patterns of surgical infection pathogens', Journal of Chemotherapy, vol. 13, no. SPEC. ISS. 1, pp. 84-88.
Debbia EA, Schito GC, Gualco L, Tonoli E, Dolcino M, Marchese A. Microbial epidemiology patterns of surgical infection pathogens. Journal of Chemotherapy. 2001;13(SPEC. ISS. 1):84-88.
Debbia, Eugenio A. ; Schito, G. C. ; Gualco, L. ; Tonoli, E. ; Dolcino, M. ; Marchese, A. / Microbial epidemiology patterns of surgical infection pathogens. In: Journal of Chemotherapy. 2001 ; Vol. 13, No. SPEC. ISS. 1. pp. 84-88.
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