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Risk Factors for Pseudomonas, MRSA in Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia


Clinical question: What risk factors could predict the likelihood of Pseudomonas and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in patients hospitalized with healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP)?

Background: Patients identified with HCAP have an increased risk for multi-drug-resistant pathogens, such as gram-negative (GNR) organisms and MRSA. Meeting criteria for HCAP does not discriminate between the different infections, which require different antibiotic classes for treatment. Risk factors need to be identified to determine the most likely infectious organism to help guide initial empiric antibiotic therapy.

Study design: Retrospective cohort study.

Setting: Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Synopsis: Of 61,651 veterans with HCAP diagnosis, 1,156 (1.9%) had a discharge diagnosis of Pseudomonas pneumonia and were found to be younger and more likely to be immunocompromised; have hemiplegia; have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; have had corticosteroid exposure; and have been exposed to a fluoroquinolone, β-lactam, cephalosporin, or carbapenem antiobiotic within 90 days prior to admission. Pseudomonas pneumonia was negatively associated with age >84, drug abuse, diabetes, and higher socioeconomic status. A discharge diagnosis of MRSA pneumonia was found in 641 patients (1.0%), who also were positively associated with the male gender, age >74, recent nursing home stay, and recent exposure to fluoroquinolone antibiotics within 90 days prior to admission.

MRSA pneumonia was negatively associated with complicated diabetes. Neither diagnosis was present in 59,854 patients (97.1%).

This study was limited due to its predominantly male veteran population, low incidence of Pseudomonas and MRSA pneumonia being identified, and Pseudomonas as the only GNR organism analyzed.

Bottom line: Risk factors identified for Pseudomonas and MRSA pneumonia can help guide targeted antibiotics for HCAP patients.

Citation: Metersky ML, Frei CR, Mortenson EM. Predictors of Pseudomonas and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitalized patients with healthcare-associated pneumonia. Respirology. 2016;21(1):157-163.

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Hematuria as Marker of Urologic Cancer

Narrative literature review did not demonstrate beneficial role of screening urinalysis for cancer detection in asymptomatic patients, but it did suggest including gross hematuria as part of routine review of systems.

Citation: Nielsen M, Qaseem A, High Value Care Task Force of the American College of Physicians. Hematuria as a marker of occult urinary tract cancer: advice for high-value care from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(7):488-497. doi:10.7326/M15-1496.

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