Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections by Antibiotic Monitoring

Lynn Feldman, Margaret Lamson, Joseph F. Gallelli, John E. Bennett

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Records of all patients receiving intravenous gentamicin sulfate during a 92-day interval were reviewed to detect nosocomial infections that had been missed by routine surveillance. Only 46 of 48 of the 99 treatment courses had been detected. In 96% of cases not detected by routine surveillance, use of gentamicin was considered justified. Of the patients missed by surveillance, 83% were in oncology wards, and 46% had severe neutropenia and fever of unknown origin. Antibiotic surveillance proved a useful adjunct in estimating the incidence of nosocomial infections in such patients. (JAMA 241:2806-2807, 1979).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2806-2807
Number of pages2
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jun 29 1979

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