Characterization of Bacterial and Fungal Infections in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 and Factors Associated with Healthcare-associated Infections
Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are at increased risk of healthcare-associated infections especially with prolonged hospital stays. We sought to identify incidence, antimicrobial susceptibilities, and outcomes associated with bacterial/fungal secondary infections in a large cohort of patients with COVID-19.
Healthcare-associated infections occur in a small proportion of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and are most often caused by Gram-negative and fungal pathogens. Antibiotic resistance is more prevalent with prolonged hospital stays. Antimicrobial stewardship is imperative in this population to minimize unnecessary broad-spectrum antibiotics.
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