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Int J Antimicrob Agents ; 59(1): 106471, 2022 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1487080

ABSTRACT

The role of probiotics in the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) remains inconclusive. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a probiotic regimen for VAP prophylaxis in mechanically ventilated multi-trauma patients, intubated immediately after the injurious insult. In a randomized, placebo-controlled study enrolling multi-trauma patients, patients expected to require mechanical ventilation for >10 days were assigned at random to receive prophylaxis with a probiotic formula (n=59) or placebo (n=53). The probiotic formula was a preparation of Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5 [1.75 × 109 colony-forming units (cfu)], Lactobacillus plantarum (0.5 × 109 cfu), Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 (1.75 × 109 cfu) and Saccharomyces boulardii (1.5 × 109 cfu) in sachets. Each patient received two sachets twice daily for 15 days: one through the nasogastric tube and one spread on the oropharynx. The incidence of VAP was the primary endpoint. The incidence of other infections and sepsis, and the duration of hospital stay were the secondary endpoints. Administration of probiotics reduced the incidence of VAP [11.9% vs 28.3%, hazard ratio (HR) 0.34, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.13-0.92; P=0.034] and sepsis [6.8% vs 24.5%, odds ratio 0.22, 95% CI 0.07-0.74: P=0.016]. Furthermore, probiotic prophylaxis reduced the time of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the length of hospital stay. The prophylactic use of probiotics with a combination of enteral and topical application to the oropharynx had a positive effect on the incidence of VAP and sepsis, as well as on ICU and total hospital stay in patients receiving protracted mechanical ventilation.


Subject(s)
Antibiotic Prophylaxis , Bifidobacterium animalis/chemistry , Lactobacillus acidophilus/chemistry , Lactobacillus plantarum/chemistry , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/drug therapy , Probiotics/therapeutic use , Saccharomyces boulardii/chemistry , Adult , Female , Greece , Humans , Male , Middle Aged
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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis ; 101(2): 115344, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1303485

ABSTRACT

Ventilator associated pneumonia(VAP) is a severe complication that can lead to high mortality when not early identified or when therapy is delayed. The aim of this study was to evaluate procalcitonin(PCT) as a biomarker for VAP development. In total, 73 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 were analyzed. PCT levels greater than 0.975ng/mL were more related to VAP. No association was found for C-reactive protein (CRP). The results show that procalcitonin may be a pertinent biomarker for VAP diagnosis and can be a helpful tool for antibiotic withdrawal.


Subject(s)
Antimicrobial Stewardship/methods , COVID-19/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/diagnosis , Procalcitonin/blood , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , Biomarkers/blood , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/drug therapy , Female , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Male , Middle Aged , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/complications , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/drug therapy , ROC Curve , SARS-CoV-2
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Crit Care ; 25(1): 197, 2021 06 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1261277

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and requiring mechanical ventilation are at risk of ventilator-associated bacterial infections secondary to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Our study aimed to investigate clinical features of Staphylococcus aureus ventilator-associated pneumonia (SA-VAP) and, if bronchoalveolar lavage samples were available, lung bacterial community features in ICU patients with or without COVID-19. METHODS: We prospectively included hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across two medical ICUs of the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS (Rome, Italy), who developed SA-VAP between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020 (thereafter referred to as cases). After 1:2 matching based on the simplified acute physiology score II (SAPS II) and the sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score, cases were compared with SA-VAP patients without COVID-19 (controls). Clinical, microbiological, and lung microbiota data were analyzed. RESULTS: We studied two groups of patients (40 COVID-19 and 80 non-COVID-19). COVID-19 patients had a higher rate of late-onset (87.5% versus 63.8%; p = 0.01), methicillin-resistant (65.0% vs 27.5%; p < 0.01) or bacteremic (47.5% vs 6.3%; p < 0.01) infections compared with non-COVID-19 patients. No statistically significant differences between the patient groups were observed in ICU mortality (p = 0.12), clinical cure (p = 0.20) and microbiological eradication (p = 0.31). On multivariable logistic regression analysis, SAPS II and initial inappropriate antimicrobial therapy were independently associated with ICU mortality. Then, lung microbiota characterization in 10 COVID-19 and 16 non-COVID-19 patients revealed that the overall microbial community composition was significantly different between the patient groups (unweighted UniFrac distance, R2 0.15349; p < 0.01). Species diversity was lower in COVID-19 than in non COVID-19 patients (94.4 ± 44.9 vs 152.5 ± 41.8; p < 0.01). Interestingly, we found that S. aureus (log2 fold change, 29.5), Streptococcus anginosus subspecies anginosus (log2 fold change, 24.9), and Olsenella (log2 fold change, 25.7) were significantly enriched in the COVID-19 group compared to the non-COVID-19 group of SA-VAP patients. CONCLUSIONS: In our study population, COVID-19 seemed to significantly affect microbiological and clinical features of SA-VAP as well as to be associated with a peculiar lung microbiota composition.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/complications , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/microbiology , Staphylococcal Infections/etiology , Staphylococcus aureus/isolation & purification , Aged , Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid/microbiology , COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/therapy , Female , Hospital Mortality , Hospitalization , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Italy , Logistic Models , Lung/microbiology , Male , Middle Aged , Organ Dysfunction Scores , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/etiology , Prospective Studies , Respiration, Artificial , Staphylococcal Infections/drug therapy
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Elife ; 92020 12 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1011747

ABSTRACT

Here, we describe the case of a COVID-19 patient who developed recurring ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa that acquired increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in response to treatment. Metagenomic analysis revealed the AMR genotype, while immunological analysis revealed massive and escalating levels of T-cell activation. These were both SARS-CoV-2 and P. aeruginosa specific, and bystander activated, which may have contributed to this patient's persistent symptoms and radiological changes.


Subject(s)
Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/complications , Lymphocyte Activation , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/drug therapy , Pseudomonas Infections/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , T-Lymphocytes/immunology , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/therapy , Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial , Humans , Lung/microbiology , Male , Meropenem/pharmacology , Meropenem/therapeutic use , Metagenomics , Middle Aged , Piperacillin, Tazobactam Drug Combination/pharmacology , Piperacillin, Tazobactam Drug Combination/therapeutic use , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/diagnostic imaging , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/etiology , Pseudomonas Infections/diagnostic imaging , Pseudomonas Infections/etiology , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/isolation & purification , Recurrence , Respiration, Artificial
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Cell Mol Immunol ; 17(9): 1001-1003, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-690856
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