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Treatment of Multidrug-Resistant <i>Acinetobacter baumannii</i> Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) with Intravenous Colistin: A Comparison with Imipenem-Susceptible VAP

J. Garnacho-Montero, C. Ortiz-Leyba, F. J. Jiménez-Jiménez, A. E. Barrero-Almodóvar, J. L. García-Garmendia, M. Bernabeu-Wittell, S. L. Gallego-Lara and J. Madrazo-Osuna

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 9, pages 1111-1118
Published in print May 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/374337
Treatment of Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) with Intravenous Colistin: A Comparison with Imipenem-Susceptible VAP

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We prospectively evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of intravenously administered colistin in 35 episodes of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) due to multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Microbiological diagnosis was performed with use of quantitative culture. In 21 patients, the episodes were caused by a strain susceptible exclusively to colistin (the CO group) and were all treated with this antimicrobial intravenously. In 14 patients, the episodes were caused by strains that remained susceptible to imipenem and were treated with imipenem-cilastatin (the IM group). Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II scores at the time of admission and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment scores at time of diagnosis were similar in both groups. VAP was considered clinically cured in 57% of cases in both groups. In-hospital mortality rates were 61.9% in the CO group and 64.2% in the IM group, and the VAP-related mortality rates were 38% and 35.7%, respectively. Four patients in the CO group and 6 in the IM group developed renal failure. Neurophysiological evaluation was performed during 12 episodes in the CO group, but it revealed no signs of neuromuscular blockade. Intravenous colistin appears to be a safe and effective alternative to imipenem for the management of VAP due to carbapenem-resistant strains of A. baumannii.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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