Non-epidermidis coagulase-negative staphylococcal bacteremia: clinical predictors of true bacteremia

  • J. Ruhe
  • A. Menon
  • D. Mushatt
  • P. Dejace
  • R. Hasbun
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In order to explore the clinical significance and risk factors for true bacteremia caused by coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) other than Staphylococcus epidermidis, a retrospective cohort study of 160 patients with at least one blood culture positive for non-epidermidis CNS was performed. True bacteremia was diagnosed in 32 (20%) of the patients. On multivariate analysis the following factors were associated with true bacteremia: (i) more than one positive blood culture, (ii) presence of a central venous catheter, and (iii) methicillin resistance. The results of this study indicate that non-epidermidis CNS can cause significant bloodstream infections.


Blood Culture Central Venous Catheter Infective Endocarditis Bloodstream Infection Positive Blood Culture 



We would like to thank Megan O’Brien, for statistical advice. We are grateful to Chantelle Mitchell for her essential help in establishing the database.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Ruhe
    • 1
  • A. Menon
    • 1
  • D. Mushatt
    • 1
  • P. Dejace
    • 1
  • R. Hasbun
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases SectionTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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