The role of cefepime for extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) bacteremia is unclear if susceptible in vitro. In a propensity score-matched study of patients with ESBL bacteremia, risk of death was 2.87 times higher for patients receiving cefepime compared with carbapenems (95% confidence interval [CI],.88-9.41). We compared 14-day mortality of patients with ESBL bacteremia receiving empiric cefepime versus empiric carbapenem therapy in a propensity score-matched cohort. There was a trend towards increased mortality in the cefepime group (hazard ratio, 2.87; 95% CI,.88-9.41), which enhances the existing literature suggesting that cefepime may be suboptimal for invasive ESBL infections.
- Multidrug-resistant organisms
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology