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Am J Infect Control. 2012 Jun;40(5):421-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.05.022. Epub 2011 Sep 9.

Risk factors for developing clinical infection with carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in hospital patients initially only colonized with carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae.

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  • 1Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology Unit, Soroka University Medical Center and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.



This study examined predictors of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) colonization and risk factors for the development of CRKP infection in patients initially only colonized with CRKP.


A total of 464 patients with CRKP rectal colonization (CRKP-RC) were identified. Two case-control studies were performed, one comparing risk factors for CRKP-RC in patients who did not develop CRKP infection (CRKP-IN) versus patients without CRKP-RC and CRKP-IN, and the other comparing CRKP-RC patients who did not develop CRKP-IN with those who did.


Forty-two of the 464 colonized patients developed CRKP-IN. Multivariate analysis identified the following predictors for CRKP-RC: antibiotic therapy (odds ratio [OR], 5.76; P ≤ .0001), aminopenicillin therapy (OR, 7.753; P = .004), bedridden (OR, 3.09; P = .021), and nursing home residency (OR, 3.09; P = .013). Risk factors for CRKP-IN in initially CRKP-RC-positive patients were previous invasive procedure (OR, 5.737; P = .021), diabetes mellitus (OR, 4.362; P = .017), solid tumor (OR, 3.422; P = .025), tracheostomy (OR, 4.978; P = .042), urinary catheter insertion (OR, 4.696; P = .037), and antipseudomonal penicillin (OR, 23.09; P ≤ .0001).


We suggest that in patients with CRKP-RC, a strategy for preventing CRKP-IN might include limiting antipseudomonal penicillin and carbapenem use and preventing infections by closely following compliance with infection control bundles.

Copyright © 2012 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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