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Does percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy increase the incidence of sternal wound infection - a single center retrospective of 4100 cases.

Tewarie L, Zayat R, Haefner H, Spillner J, Goetzenich A, Autschbach R, Moza A - J Cardiothorac Surg (2015)

Bottom Line: The statistical analysis did not demonstrate any correlation between time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI.We did not detect any correlation between the time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI.According to our data, PDT seems to increase the incidence of SWI, especially caused by Candida spp., after cardiac surgery, which results in a prolonged hospital stay.

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Affiliation: Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074, Aachen, Germany. ltewarie@ukaachen.de.

ABSTRACT

Background: The impact of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) on the development of post-median sternotomy wound infection (SWI) and mediastinitis is still controversial. We aimed to investigate the frequency of cross-infection and incidence of SWI after PDT.

Methods: In a retrospective design, out of a total of 4100 procedures, all patients who had undergone median sternotomy and postoperative PDT were included from January 2010 to May 2013. For comparison of the pathogens isolated from SWIs, data from all patients who developed an SWI without a PDT during the aforementioned period were also analyzed. Demographical, pre-, peri- and post-operative data were compared. Microbiologic analysis from cultures of sternal and tracheal wounds was performed. Day and duration of tracheostomy were correlated to SWI occurrence.

Results: Of the 265 patients who underwent a PDT, 25 (9.4 %) developed an SWI. In this cohort, identical pathogens were isolated from the tracheostomy and SWI in 36 % (9/25) of the patients. Of the pathogens isolated from the SWIs from the PDT + SWI group, 60 % were gram-positive bacteria, 20 % gram-negative bacteria and 20 % Candida spp. In the cross-infection group, the patients developed the following types of SWIs: 11.1 % CDC I, 55.6 % CDC II and 33.3 % mediastinitis (CDC III). The incidence of SWI in the group SWI + PDT was 9.4 % (9.4 % vs. 3.4 %, PDT + SWI and SWI w/oPDT , respectively, p = 0.0001). In group SWI w/oPDT , only 1.5 % (2/131 vs. 5/25; p = 0.001) Candida spp were isolated from SWI. The infection-related in-hospital mortality was high in groups PDT + SWI vs. SWI w/oPDT (20 % vs. 0 %, respectively; p = 0.0001). The statistical analysis did not demonstrate any correlation between time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI.

Conclusions: There was a high incidence of microbial cross-infection from the PDTs to the sternal wounds in our study. We did not detect any correlation between the time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI. According to our data, PDT seems to increase the incidence of SWI, especially caused by Candida spp., after cardiac surgery, which results in a prolonged hospital stay. Therefore, early antifungal prophylaxis after a PDT might be reasonable in high-risk patients on long-term mechanical ventilation if there is an impending SWI.

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Mentions: A PDT was performed within a monitored time window in 271 of 4100 patients undergoing full-sternotomy cardiac surgery in our unit. Of these 271 patients, six patients who developed SWI prior to PDT were excluded from the study. From the remaining 265 patients, 25 (9.4 %) developed an SWI or mediastinitis post-PDT (group PDT + SWI, n = 25). For comparison of the pathogens isolated from SWIs, data from all patients who developed an SWI without a PDT during the aforementioned period were also analyzed (group SWIw/oPDT, n = 131) (Fig. 1). EuroSCORE II and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ risk models (STS) scores were calculated for all patients. All patients with SWI were followed up routinely in our out patient clinic for 6 weeks after discharge from the hospital. The study protocol was cleared by the local ethical committee, Ethik-Kommission an der Medizinischen Fakultät der RWTH Aachen (KEK). Due to the retrospective character of this observational study, informed consent was waived by the local board at the Medical Faculty RWTH Aachen.Fig. 1


Does percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy increase the incidence of sternal wound infection - a single center retrospective of 4100 cases.

Tewarie L, Zayat R, Haefner H, Spillner J, Goetzenich A, Autschbach R, Moza A - J Cardiothorac Surg (2015)

Classification of patients in groups
© Copyright Policy - OpenAccess
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4635530&req=5

Fig1: Classification of patients in groups
Mentions: A PDT was performed within a monitored time window in 271 of 4100 patients undergoing full-sternotomy cardiac surgery in our unit. Of these 271 patients, six patients who developed SWI prior to PDT were excluded from the study. From the remaining 265 patients, 25 (9.4 %) developed an SWI or mediastinitis post-PDT (group PDT + SWI, n = 25). For comparison of the pathogens isolated from SWIs, data from all patients who developed an SWI without a PDT during the aforementioned period were also analyzed (group SWIw/oPDT, n = 131) (Fig. 1). EuroSCORE II and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ risk models (STS) scores were calculated for all patients. All patients with SWI were followed up routinely in our out patient clinic for 6 weeks after discharge from the hospital. The study protocol was cleared by the local ethical committee, Ethik-Kommission an der Medizinischen Fakultät der RWTH Aachen (KEK). Due to the retrospective character of this observational study, informed consent was waived by the local board at the Medical Faculty RWTH Aachen.Fig. 1

Bottom Line: The statistical analysis did not demonstrate any correlation between time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI.We did not detect any correlation between the time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI.According to our data, PDT seems to increase the incidence of SWI, especially caused by Candida spp., after cardiac surgery, which results in a prolonged hospital stay.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Pauwelsstrasse 30, 52074, Aachen, Germany. ltewarie@ukaachen.de.

ABSTRACT

Background: The impact of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) on the development of post-median sternotomy wound infection (SWI) and mediastinitis is still controversial. We aimed to investigate the frequency of cross-infection and incidence of SWI after PDT.

Methods: In a retrospective design, out of a total of 4100 procedures, all patients who had undergone median sternotomy and postoperative PDT were included from January 2010 to May 2013. For comparison of the pathogens isolated from SWIs, data from all patients who developed an SWI without a PDT during the aforementioned period were also analyzed. Demographical, pre-, peri- and post-operative data were compared. Microbiologic analysis from cultures of sternal and tracheal wounds was performed. Day and duration of tracheostomy were correlated to SWI occurrence.

Results: Of the 265 patients who underwent a PDT, 25 (9.4 %) developed an SWI. In this cohort, identical pathogens were isolated from the tracheostomy and SWI in 36 % (9/25) of the patients. Of the pathogens isolated from the SWIs from the PDT + SWI group, 60 % were gram-positive bacteria, 20 % gram-negative bacteria and 20 % Candida spp. In the cross-infection group, the patients developed the following types of SWIs: 11.1 % CDC I, 55.6 % CDC II and 33.3 % mediastinitis (CDC III). The incidence of SWI in the group SWI + PDT was 9.4 % (9.4 % vs. 3.4 %, PDT + SWI and SWI w/oPDT , respectively, p = 0.0001). In group SWI w/oPDT , only 1.5 % (2/131 vs. 5/25; p = 0.001) Candida spp were isolated from SWI. The infection-related in-hospital mortality was high in groups PDT + SWI vs. SWI w/oPDT (20 % vs. 0 %, respectively; p = 0.0001). The statistical analysis did not demonstrate any correlation between time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI.

Conclusions: There was a high incidence of microbial cross-infection from the PDTs to the sternal wounds in our study. We did not detect any correlation between the time of performing PDT and occurrence of SWI. According to our data, PDT seems to increase the incidence of SWI, especially caused by Candida spp., after cardiac surgery, which results in a prolonged hospital stay. Therefore, early antifungal prophylaxis after a PDT might be reasonable in high-risk patients on long-term mechanical ventilation if there is an impending SWI.

No MeSH data available.


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