Table 1

Definitions of 11 candidate prognostic variables possibly related to MRSA infection

Variable

Definition


Age

Years

Sex

Male or female

Severe sepsis

According to the criteria of the ACCP/SCCM consensus conference committee

Severe trauma

AIS score greater than 2 for at least one region

Open wound

Existence of open wound within 24 hrs of ICU admission

Emergency operation

Emergency operation within 24 hrs of ICU admission

Intubation

Intubation within 24 hrs, except extubation within 24 hrs of ICU admission

CVCs

Insertion of central venous catheters within 24 hrs of ICU admission

Antibiotics

Antibiotics administration within 24 hrs of ICU admission

Steroid

History of steroid use or steroid administration within 24 hrs of ICU admission

Transferred

Transferred from another hospital


MRSA: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; ACCP/SCCM: American College of Chest Physicians/Society of Critical Care Medicine; AIS: abbreviated injury scale; CVCs: central venous catheters.

Yamakawa et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2011 11:303   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-303

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