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ICU Acquisition Rate, Risk Factors, and Clinical Significance of Digestive Tract Colonization With Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase–Producing Enterobacteriaceae: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis*

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To evaluate the acquisition rate, identify risk factors, and estimate the risk for subsequent infection, associated with the colonization of the digestive tract with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae during ICU-hospitalization.

Data Sources:

PubMed, EMBASE, and reference lists of all eligible articles.

Study Selection:

Included studies provided data on ICU-acquired colonization with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae in previously noncolonized and noninfected patients and used the double disk synergy test for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae phenotypic confirmation. Studies reporting extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks or data on pediatric population were excluded.

Data Extraction:

Two authors independently assessed study eligibility and performed data extraction.

Data Synthesis:

Thirteen studies (with 15,045 ICUs-patients) were evaluated using a random-effect model and a meta-regression analysis. The acquisition rate of digestive tract colonization during ICU stay was 7% (95% CI, 5–10) and it varies from 3% (95% CI, 2–4) and 4% (95% CI, 2–6) in the Americas and Europe to 21% (95% CI, 9–35) in the Western Pacific region. Previous hospitalization (risk ratio, 1.57 [95% CI, 1.07–2.31]) or antibiotic use (risk ratio, 1.65 [95% CI, 1.15–2.37]) and exposure to beta-lactams/beta-lactamase inhibitors (risk ratio, 1.78 [95% CI, 1.24–2.56]) and carbapenems (risk ratio, 2.13 [95% CI, 1.49–3.06]) during the ICU stay were independent risk factors for ICU-acquired colonization. Importantly, colonized patients were more likely to develop an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae infection (risk ratio, 49.62 [95% CI, 20.42–120.58]). The sensitivity and specificity of prior colonization to predict subsequent extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae infection were 95.1% (95% CI, 54.7–99.7) and 89.2% (95% CI, 77.2–95.3), respectively.


The ICU acquisition rate of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae ranged from 5% to 10%. Previous use of beta-lactam/beta-lactamase or carbapenems and recent hospitalization were independent risk factors for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae colonization, and colonization was associated with significantly higher frequency of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing Enterobacteriaceae subsequent infection and increased mortality.
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Keywords: colonization; extended-spectrum beta-lactamase; infection; intensive care unit; meta-analysis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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