UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Geriatrics

Title: bacteremia in the elderly

Keywords: infection, sepsis, bacteremia, geriatrics, elderly, white blood cell count (PubMed Search)

Posted: 1/22/2012 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 4/24/2024)
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The WBC count is normal in up to 45% of elderly patients with bacteremia. The most predictive factors for bacteremia in the elderly are delirium, vomiting, bandemia, and tachypnea.