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

Pekka Ylipalosaari1*, Tero I Ala-Kokko2, Juha Karhu1, Markku Koskela4, Jouko Laurila2, Pasi Ohtonen3 and Hannu Syrjälä1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Infection Control, Oulu University Hospital, Kajaanintie 50, Oulu, FIN-90029 OYS, Finland

2 Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Intensive Care, Oulu University Hospital, Kajaanintie 50, Oulu, FIN-90029 OYS, Finland

3 Departments of Anaesthesiology and Surgery, Oulu University Hospital, Kajaanintie 50, Oulu, FIN-90029 OYS, Finland

4 Department of Clinical Microbiology, Oulu University Hospital, Kajaanintie 50, Oulu, FIN-90029 OYS, Finland

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Critical Care 2012, 16:R62  doi:10.1186/cc11307

Published: 18 April 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

The aim of this study was to compare the epidemiology, risk factors, severity and outcome of two types of ICU-treated candidemias: namely, ICU-acquired candidemia (acquired after 48-hour ICU stay) (ICUAC group), and those needing ICU treatment for candidemia acquired before ICU admission or during the first 48-hour ICU stay (non-ICUAC group).