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Eur Urol. 2007 Apr;51(4):1100-11; discussion 1112. Epub 2006 Aug 28.

Prevalence of hospital-acquired urinary tract infections in urology departments.

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  • 1Urology Department, Telemark Hospital, Porsgrunn, Norway. tebj@sthf.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of our study was to register the prevalence of nosocomial urinary tract infections (NAUTIs) in urology sections in Europe and Asia.

METHODS:

A total of 6033 hospitalised patients in 194 different urology departments were screened in two Internet-based studies. Detailed reports on 727 patients with NAUTI were provided.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of NAUTI was 10% in the Pan European Prevalence (PEP) study, 14% in the Pan EuroAsian Prevalence (PEAP) study, and 11% in the combined analysis. The largest group was asymptomatic bacteriuria (29%) followed by cystitis (26%), pyelonephritis (21%), and urosepsis (12%). There were significant differences between regions and types of hospitals.

CONCLUSIONS:

NAUTI is a large problem for urologic patients and causes huge extra costs for hospitals.

PMID:
17049419
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