Variations in rates of nosocomial infection among Canadian neonatal intensive care units may be practice-related

Aziz, Khalid and McMillan, Douglas D. and Andrews, Wayne L. and Pendray, Margaret and Qui, Zhenguo and Karuri, Stella and Lee, Shoo K. (2005) Variations in rates of nosocomial infection among Canadian neonatal intensive care units may be practice-related. BMC Pediatrics, 5 (22). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1471-2431

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Abstract

Background: Nosocomial infection (NI), particularly with positive blood or cerebrospinal fluid bacterial cultures, is a major cause of morbidity in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Rates of NI appear to vary substantially between NICUs. The aim of this study was to determine risk factors for NI, as well as the risk-adjusted variations in NI rates among Canadian NICUs. Methods: From January 1996 to October 1997, data on demographics, intervention, illness severity and NI rates were submitted from 17 Canadian NICUs. Infants admitted at <4 days of age were included. NI was defined as a positive blood or cerebrospinal fluid culture after > 48 hrs in hospital. Results: 765 (23.5%) of 3253 infants <1500 g and 328 (2.5%) of 13228 infants ≥1500 g developed at least one episode of NI. Over 95% of episodes were due to nosocomial bacteremia. Major morbidity was more common amongst those with NI versus those without. Mortality was more strongly associated with NI versus those without for infants ≥1500 g, but not for infants <1500 g. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that for infants <1500 g, risk factors for NI included gestation <29 weeks, outborn status, increased acuity on day 1, mechanical ventilation and parenteral nutrition. When NICUs were compared for babies <1500 g, the odds ratios for NI ranged from 0.2 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.1 to 0.4) to 8.6 (95% CI 4.1 to 18.2) when compared to a reference site. This trend persisted after adjustment for risk factors, and was also found in larger babies. Conclusion: Rates of nosocomial infection in Canadian NICUs vary considerably, even after adjustment for known risk factors. The implication is that this variation is due to differences in clinical practices and therefore may be amenable to interventions that alter practice.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/454
Item ID: 454
Keywords: article; artificial ventilation; bacteremia; Canada; clinical practice; confidence interval; controlled study; demography; disease severity; female; gestational age; high birth weight; high risk population; hospital admission; hospital infection; human; incidence; infection rate; infection risk; major clinical study; male; multivariate logistic regression analysis; newborn; newborn infection; newborn intensive care; newborn morbidity; newborn mortality; parenteral nutrition; prevalence; risk assessment; risk factor; very low birth weight; visual acuity
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Clinical Disciplines > Pediatrics
Date: 8 July 2005
Date Type: Publication

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