Empirical antibiotic treatment does not affect CAUTI survival rates

A study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, examined short-and long-term survival rates of patients with catheter-associated urinary tract infection and the impact of the empirical antibiotic treatment on survival rates.

Empirical antibiotic treatment is given based on physician observations and experience.

Researchers conducted a prospective, observational study with 315 consecutive adult patients suffering from a chronic indwelling CAUTI and sepsis. The patients were hospitalized in medical departments.

Researchers found the crude 30-day all-cause mortality rate was 30.8 percent, while the median survival time was 82 days. Appropriate early empirical treatment with antibiotics had no statistically significant association with 30-day mortality. Additionally, empirical antibiotic treatment was not statistically associated with long-term survival.

"Avoiding empirical antibiotics for CAUTI might be an important antibiotic stewardship intervention in hospitals," study authors concluded.

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