Journal article

Early diagnosis and treatment of necrotizing fasciitis can improve survival: an observational intensive care unit cohort study

Kelly Bucca, Ryan Spencer, Neil Orford, Claire Cattigan, Eugene Athan, Anthony McDonald

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics, causative pathogens, clinical management and outcomes of patients presenting to a tertiary adult Australian intensive care unit (ICU) with a diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis (NF). METHODS: This retrospective observational study was conducted in a 19-bed, level III, adult ICU in a 450-bed tertiary, regional hospital. Clinical databases were accessed for patients diagnosed with NF and admitted to The Geelong Hospital ICU between 1 February 2000 and 1 June 2011. Information on severity of sepsis, surgical procedures and microbiological results were collected. RESULTS: Twenty patients with NF were identified. The m..

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