Comparison of the epidemiology, risk factors, outcome and degree of organ failures of patients with candidemia acquired before or during ICU treatment

Critical Care, 05/03/2012

More than half of the intensive care unit (ICU)–treated candidemias were acquired prior to admission to the ICU. Patients with ICU– and non–ICU–acquired candidemias had different risk factors and different needs for ICU resources. Hospital mortality was similar in both groups; however, the groups had different mortality rates when the severity of disease and underlying diseases were taken into account.

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