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1572 Usual Microbe Strains in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  1. E Blevrakis,
  2. T Tavladaki,
  3. AM Spanaki,
  4. E Vasilaki,
  5. MD Fitrolaki,
  6. E Geromarkaki,
  7. S Ilia,
  8. G Briassoulis
  1. PICU, University Hospital of Heraklion, Heraklion, Greece


Background and Aim Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality among critically ill children. This retrospective surveillance study was performed to estimate the burden of HAIs in a paediatric intensive care unit of our country. During the 61/2 years study 660 patients were treated in the PICU for >48 hours.

Methods A retrospective study of healthcare associated pneumonia (HAP) blood stream and urinary tract infections is recorded.

Results The crude infection rate were healthcare-associated pneumonia, bloodstream and urinary tract infections and approximately above the two thirds came from microbes isolated from bronchial aspirations. Table 1 positive cultures.

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa was the commonest infected bacterium followed by Staphylococcus Aureus and Klebsiella Pneumoniae in very low percentage. Table 2 microbes strain.

Abstract 1572 Table 1

Positive cultures

Abstract 1572 Table 2

Microbes strains

Conclusions The above data are similar in those in literature and active surveillance is essential to reduce the burden of HAIs and intensive efforts have already began.

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