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    ABSTRACT: We retrospectively evaluated the rates of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) colonization and VRE-related infections in patients with hematological malignancies.
    The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries 09/2014; 8(9):1113-8. · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Febrile neutropenia (FN) is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent management in the emergency department (ED). Recent progress in the treatment of neutropenic fever has underscored the importance of risk stratification. In this study, we aimed to determine independent factors for prediction of poor outcomes in patients with FN. Material and Methods We retrospectively evaluated 200 chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenic patients who visited the ED. Upon arrival at the ED, clinical data, including sex, age, vital signs, underlying systemic diseases, laboratory test results, estimated GFR, blood cultures, CRP, radiologic examinations, and Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) score of all febrile neutropenic patients were obtained. Outcomes were categorized as "poor" if serious complications during hospitalization, including death, occurred. Results The platelet count <50 000 cells/mm3 (OR 3.90, 95% CI 1.62-9.43), pulmonary infiltration (OR 3.45, 95% CI 1.48-8.07), hypoproteinemia <6 g/dl (OR 3.30, 95% CI 1.27-8.56), respiratory rate >24/min (OR 8.75, 95% CI 2.18-35.13), and MASCC score <21 (OR 9.20, 95% CI 3.98-21.26) were determined as independent risk factors for the prediction of death. The platelet count <50 000 cells/mm3 (OR 3.93, 95% CI 1.42-10.92), serum CRP >50 mg/dl (OR 3.80, 95% CI 1.68-8.61), hypoproteinemia (OR 7.81, 95% CI 3.43-17.78), eGFR ≤90 ML/min/1.73 m2 (OR 3.06, 95% CI 1.13-8.26), and MASCC score <21 (OR 3.45, 95% CI 1.53-7.79) were determined as independent risk factors for the prediction of poor clinical outcomes of FN patients. Platelet count, protein level, respiratory rate, pulmonary infiltration, CRP, MASCC score, and eGFR were shown to have a significant association with outcome. Conclusions The results of our study may help emergency medicine physicians to prevent serious complications with proper use of simple independent risk factors besides MASCC score.
    Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 01/2014; 20:1826-1832. · 1.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with extended periods of time spent with low or absent absolute neutrophil counts (ANCs) are at risk for bacterial infections. Febrile neutropenia is a complication in this patient population, requiring administration of antibiotics. The use of daptomycin in treating patients with febrile neutropenia is not well described. Our objective was to describe the clinical course of febrile neutropenic patients that received daptomycin therapy.
    Therapeutic advances in infectious disease. 12/2013; 1(6):183-90.

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