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To define the clinical, microbiological, and therapeutic characteristics of haemophilus endocarditis, we reviewed the charts of 42 adults with haemophilus endocarditis (native valve disease, 37; prosthetic valve disease, five) who were followed up between 1983 and 1995 in France. The mean duration of symptoms before diagnosis was 34 days. The causative(More)
Because stethoscopes might be potential vectors of nosocomial infections, this study, conducted in a 450-bed general hospital, was devised to evaluate the bacterial contamination of stethoscopes; bacterial survival on stethoscope membranes; the kinetics of the bacterial load on stethoscope membranes during clinical use; and the efficacy of 70% alcohol or(More)
BACKGROUND Bartonella (Rochalimaea) quintana is the agent of trench fever and is transmitted by the body louse. We searched for this organism in three alcoholic homeless men with endocarditis. METHODS Blood samples were cultured on a human endothelial cell line and on blood agar. Bacteria were identified by sequencing the amplified 16S ribosomal RNA gene.(More)
Limited data exist on Candida endocarditis (CE) outcome in the era of new antifungals. As early diagnosis of CE remains difficult, non-culture-based tools need to be evaluated. Through the French prospective MYCENDO study (2005-2007), the overall characteristics and risk factors for death from CE were analysed. The contribution of antigen detection(More)
A one-year, prospective, two-observational cohort study was performed to evaluate the incidence and outcome in hospitalized patients (ICU and non-ICU) of nosocomial bacteraemia, and to assess its prognostic value in the ICU group. A group of 18 098 hospitalized patients and a group of 291 consecutive ICU patients were followed. Prognostic factors were(More)
Between February 1992 and February 1993, 12 patients were seen who were infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus. The strains had decreased susceptibility to teicoplanin (MICs, 8-16 micrograms/mL). Field inversion gel electrophoresis showed the strains belonged to three related clones (A1, A2, and A3). The patients(More)