Predictors of Complicated Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia: A Retrospective Validation Study

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2008-04-01

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Krishnamurthy, Pramod

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Krishnamurthy, P., Predictors of Complicated Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia (SAB): A Retrospective Validation Study. Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), April 2008, 57 pp, 9 tables, 1 illustration, bibliography, 39 titles. SAB often has a complicated clinical course and it is important to identify those at risk for complications to guide management. We conducted a validation study of a clinical prediction tool that uses a scoring system to predict the likelihood of developing complicated SAB. Chapter I is a review of background literature and rationale for our study. Chapter II has sections describing the study design, methods, eligibility criteria, statistical analysis and a summary of the results. We observed significantly higher complications among patients with SAB in our validation study. The prediction tool is not a valid predictor of complicated SAB and we recommend better prediction models to accurately predict complications of SAB.

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