Analysis of 5304 episodes of septicaemia at St Thomas'Hospital showed that both the elderly (>65 years) and neonates accounted for increasing proportions between 1969 and 1992.
In particular the increase was greatest for patients aged over 84 years who accounted for 3% of episodes in adults with community-acquired septicaemia in the 1970s compared with 13% in the 1990s.
The change may be explained partly by demographic factors.
The majority (85-90%) of elderly patients presented with fever, or leucocytosis or both.
The urinary and gastrointestinal tracts were the most common foci for the elderly and they were less likely than other adults to have iv access associated sepsis.
Mots-clés Pascal : Septicémie, Epidémiologie, Nouveau né, Homme, Vieillard, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Septicemia, Epidemiology, Newborn, Human, Elderly, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0683703
Code Inist : 002B05B02M. Création : 09/06/1995.