Table 3.

Effectiveness of initial antibiotic therapy for clinically significant bacteremias

Patient treatment historyNo. (%) of patients with the following organism from positive blood cultures:
MSSA (n = 16)MRSA (n = 23)CoNS (n = 13)Total (n = 52)
Initially on effective antibiotics13 (82)11 (48)8 (62)32 (62)
Commenced on effective antibiotics after initial notification of positive blood culture0 (0)2 (9)2 (15)4 (8)
Not on effective treatment until culture results known2 (12)9 (39)3 (23)14 (27)
Antibiotic therapy not knowna1 (6)1 (4)0 (0)2 (4)
  • a Antibiotic treatment data were not available for two patients with S. aureus bacteremia.