Letters Bloodstream infection

Bacteraemia service model of infection care

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39507.455567.80 (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:521
  1. Gavin D Barlow, consultant in infectious diseases/medicine1,
  2. Patrick Lillie, specialist registrar in infectious diseases/medicine2
  1. 1Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5JQ
  2. 2Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2FJ
  1. gavin.barlow{at}hey.nhs.uk

In June 2005 we implemented a similar service to Minton et al’s,1 which provides unsolicited bedside reviews and a typewritten report for all patients with bacteraemia. We reviewed 151 adults from June 2005 to November 2006.

The most common isolate was Staphylococcus aureus (45%), of which 40% were methicillin resistant; the most common source was central venous lines (27% of patients). For hospital …

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