In this large, multi-national point prevalence survey of 13,796 ICU patients (EPIC-II), 51% were considered infected, and 71% were receiving antibiotics. Of those with positive isolates, 62% were gram negative, 47% were gram positive, and 19% were fungi. ICU mortality was 25% and 11% for infected and non-infected patients, respectively. Hospital mortality was 33% and 15% respectively. Infections in ICU patients are frequent and associated with high mortality (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.