Date of Award

4-1-2008

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Epidemiology

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Lori Fischbach

Second Advisor

Roberto Cardarelli

Third Advisor

Claudia S. Coggin

Abstract

Krishnamurthy, P., Predictors of Complicated Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia (SAB): A Retrospective Validation Study. Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), April 2008, 57 pp, 9 tables, 1 illustration, bibliography, 39 titles. SAB often has a complicated clinical course and it is important to identify those at risk for complications to guide management. We conducted a validation study of a clinical prediction tool that uses a scoring system to predict the likelihood of developing complicated SAB. Chapter I is a review of background literature and rationale for our study. Chapter II has sections describing the study design, methods, eligibility criteria, statistical analysis and a summary of the results. We observed significantly higher complications among patients with SAB in our validation study. The prediction tool is not a valid predictor of complicated SAB and we recommend better prediction models to accurately predict complications of SAB.

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