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Outcomes of Community and Healthcare-onset Clostridium difficile Infections

Clinical Infectious Diseases April 15, 2019 V.68 N.8 P.1343-1350  

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Between 2011 and 2014, of the Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) cases in the Veterans Health Administration system, 44% were hospital-onset and 42% were community-onset (CO). CDI prevention efforts should include interventions to reduce CO CDIs.

Background

Community-onset Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) are increasingly common, but there is little data on outcomes. The purpose of this study is to describe the epidemiology and outcomes of CDI in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system and compare these variables between hospital-onset (HCF) and community-onset (CO) cases.

Methods

We conducted a retrospective cohort study that included all patients with a positive test for C. difficile (toxin or toxin genes) within the VHA Corporate Data Warehouse between 2011 and 2014.

Results

We identified 19270 episodes of CDI, involving 15972 unique patients; 95% were male, 44% of the cases were HCF, and 42% were CO. Regarding severity, 31% percent of cases were non-severe, 40% were severe, and 21% were fulminant. Exposure to proton pump inhibitors was found in 53% of cases (47% in CO, 62% in HCF). Overall, 40% of patients received antibiotics in the 90 days before CDI (44% in HCF, 36% in CO). Recurrence was 18.2%, and 30-day all-cause mortality was 9.2%. Risk factors for a fulminant case were exposure to clindamycin (odds ratio [OR]: 1.23, P = .01) or proton pump inhibitors (OR: 1.20, P < .001)  in the 90 days prior to diagnosis.

Conclusions

CO accounts for a significant proportion of CDI in the VHA system. CO patients are younger and their cases are less severe, but recurrence is more common than in HCF CDI. Therefore CO CDI may account for a considerable reservoir of CDI cases, and prevention efforts should include interventions to reduce CO CDI.

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https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/68/8/1343/5078569

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May 4, 2019 at 12:19 pm

A Therapeutic Strategy for All Pneumonia Patients: A 3-Year Prospective Multicenter Cohort Study Using Risk Factors for Multidrug-resistant Pathogens to Select Initial Empiric Therapy

Clinical Infectious Diseases April 1, 2019 V.68 N.7 P.1080-1088 

EDITOR’S CHOICE

We applied a single algorithm to all forms of pneumonia, which was followed in 82.5% of a cohort of 1089 patients. Only 4.3% received inappropriate therapy; in multivariate analysis, site of pneumonia acquisition was not predictive of 30-day mortality.

Background

Empiric therapy of pneumonia is currently based on the site of acquisition (community or hospital), but could be chosen, based on risk factors for multidrug-resistant (MDR) pathogens, independent of site of acquisition.

Methods 

We prospectively applied a therapeutic algorithm based on MDR risks, in a multicenter cohort study of  1089 patients with 656 community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), 238 healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP), 140 hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP), or 55 ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

Results

Approximately 83% of patients were treated according to the algorithm, with 4.3% receiving inappropriate therapy. The frequency of MDR pathogens varied, respectively, with VAP (50.9%), HAP (27.9%), HCAP (10.9%), and CAP (5.2%). Those with ≥2 MDR risks had MDR pathogens more often than those with 0–1 MDR risk (25.8% vs 5.3%, P < .001). The 30-day mortality rates were as follows: VAP (18.2%), HAP (13.6%), HCAP (6.7%), and CAP (4.7%), and were lower in patients with 0–1 MDR risks than in those with ≥2 MDR risks (4.5% vs 12.5%, P < .001). In multivariate logistic regression analysis, 5 risk factors (advanced age, hematocrit <30%, malnutrition, dehydration, and chronic liver disease), as well as hypotension and inappropriate therapy were significantly correlated with 30-day mortality, whereas the classification of pneumonia type (VAP, HAP, HCAP, CAP) was not.

Conclusions

Individual MDR risk factors can be used in a unified algorithm to guide and simplify empiric therapy for all pneumonia patients, and were more important than the classification of site of pneumonia acquisition in determining 30-day mortality.

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https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/68/7/1080/5063558

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May 4, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Performance of Treponemal Tests for the Diagnosis of Syphilis

Clinical Infectious Diseases March 15, 2019 V.68 N.6 P.913–918

Performance of Treponemal Tests for the Diagnosis of Syphilis

We compared performance of 5 treponemal immunoassays, the Treponema pallidum particle agglutination assay (TPPA), and the fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-ABS). FTA-ABS was less sensitive for primary syphilis (78%) than the immunoassays or TPPA (94%–96% sensitivity). TPPA was 100% specific.

Background

Treponemal immunoassays are increasingly used for syphilis screening with the reverse sequence algorithm. There are few data describing performance of treponemal immunoassays compared to traditional treponemal tests in patients with and without syphilis.

Methods

We calculated sensitivity and specificity of 7 treponemal assays: (1) ADVIA Centaur (chemiluminescence immunoassay [CIA]); (2) Bioplex 2200 (microbead immunoassay); (3) fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test (FTA-ABS); (4) INNO-LIA (line immunoassay); (5) LIAISON CIA; (6) Treponema pallidum particle agglutination assay (TPPA); and (7) Trep-Sure (enzyme immunoassay [EIA]), using a reference standard combining clinical diagnosis and serology results. Sera were collected between May 2012–January 2013. Cases were characterized as: (1) current clinical diagnosis of syphilis: primary, secondary, early latent, late latent; (2) prior treated syphilis only; (3) no evidence of current syphilis, no prior history of syphilis, and at least 4 of 7 treponemal tests negative.

Results

Among 959 participants, 262 had current syphilis, 294 had prior syphilis, and 403 did not have syphilis. FTA-ABS was less sensitive for primary syphilis (78.2%) than the immunoassays or TPPA (94.5%–96.4%) (all P ≤ .01). All immunoassays were 100% sensitive for secondary syphilis, 95.2%–100% sensitive for early latent disease, and 86.8%–98.5% sensitive in late latent disease. TPPA had 100% specificity.

Conclusions

Treponemal immunoassays demonstrated excellent sensitivity for secondary, early latent, and seropositive primary syphilis. Sensitivity of FTA-ABS in primary syphilis was poor. Given its high specificity and superior sensitivity, TPPA is preferred to adjudicate discordant results with the reverse sequence algorithm over the FTA-ABS.

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https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/68/6/913/5050740

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Clinical Infectious Diseases March 15, 2019 V.68 N.6 P.934–939

Syphilis Testing Among Sexually Active Men Who Have Sex With Men and Who Are Receiving Medical Care for Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the United States: Medical Monitoring Project, 2013–2014

Among sexually active HIV-positive men who have sex with men in the United States receiving medical care for HIV, nearly one-third were not tested for syphilis at least annually and many at increased risk were not tested at recommended frequencies.

Background

Guidelines recommend that sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive MSM be tested at least annually for syphilis, with testing every 3–6 months for MSM at elevated risk. We examined the proportion of HIV-positive MSM tested for syphilis in the past 3, 6, and 12 months by their HIV care provider during 2013–2014.

Methods

Using data from the Medical Monitoring Project, a population-based HIV surveillance system, we evaluated the proportion of MSM who had documentation of being tested for syphilis by their HIV care provider in the past 3, 6, and 12 months.

Results

During 2013–2014, 71% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 69%–73%) of sexually active HIV-positive MSM were tested for syphilis in the past year. This proportion was higher among MSM reporting condomless sex: (75%; 95% CI: 72%–78%), and among MSM reporting ≥ 2 sex partners (77%; 95% CI: 74%–79%), in the past 12 months. Among MSM reporting condomless sex, 49% (95% CI: 45%–53%) were tested in the past 6 months, and 26% (95% CI: 22%–30%) in the past 3 months. Among MSM reporting ≥ 2 sex partners, 49% (95% CI: 44%–54%) were tested in the past 6 months and 26% (95% CI: 22%–29%) in the past 3 months.

Conclusions

Nearly one-third of sexually active HIV-positive MSM were not tested annually, and many at increased risk were not tested at recommended frequencies. Efforts to improve compliance with screening guidelines for high-risk HIV-positive MSM are warranted.

FULL TEXT

https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/68/6/934/5050272

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May 4, 2019 at 12:08 pm


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