Infective endocarditis at Ullevål and Aker University Hospitals in Oslo during 2006-2008. A retrospective study.
By Eirin Sigurdsen and Solfrid Thunold
Infective endocarditis is a serious but often subtle condition were the cardiac valves and/or the adjacent cardiac tissues become colonised and destroyed by bacteria. The aim of this study was to examine the current etiology, outcome and patient characteristics of patients admitted to two university clinics in Oslo as quality control for standard of care.
Material and methods
This is a retrospective study of the patient records of 89 patiens with definite infective endocarditis hospitalised in Ullevål and Aker University Hospitals in the period of 2006-2008. Data were analysed in SPSS 16. We applied the Mann-Whitney-U and Chi-square tests for continuous and categorical data, respectively.
The results will be submitted as a manuscript to a scientific journal with peer review.
The median age was 66 years, 68.5% of the patients were men. The locations and the nature of the infected valves, the incidence of different host risk factors and microbes as well as the clinical handling and outcome were characterized. No differences between the two hospitals were found.
Infectious endocarditis is still a serious septic disease with a high mortality. Identification of current patient cohorts and outcome help the clinics as quality control of the current standard of care.