TABLE 1

Patient characteristics

Patient characteristicNo. (%)
Sex
    Male32 (52)
    Female30 (48)
Age (yr)
    <202 (3)
    20–292 (3)
    30–399 (15)
    40–497 (11)
    50–5913 (21)
    60–6919 (31)
    70–799 (15)
    80–891 (2)
Comorbidities
    Diabetes18 (29)
    Immunosuppression17 (27)
    Transplant7 (41)
    Steroids3 (18)
    Chemotherapy6 (35)
    Cystic fibrosis1 (6)
    Hardware18 (29)
        Central catheter11 (61)
        Orthopedic hardware3 (17)
        Othera4 (22)
Evidence of any contact with dog in medical record4 (6)
Medical services
    Bone marrow transplant/oncology5 (8)
    Dermatology14 (23)
    Orthopedics5 (8)
    Otolaryngology11 (18)
    Medicine5 (8)
    Emergency department5 (8)
    Otherb17 (27)
Infection source
    Wound37 (46)
    Respiratory/oticc17 (21)
    Tissue13 (16)
    Blood10 (12)
    Other, steriled4 (5)
  • a Peripheral catheter, left ventricular assist device, insulin pump, and tracheostomy tube.

  • b Cardiology, gynecology, infectious disease, neurology, podiatry, pulmonary, and surgery.

  • c Lower respiratory (n = 9), sinus drainage (n = 7), and ear drainage (n = 1).

  • d Bone and synovial fluid.