Study on etiological organisms in a suspected case of sepsis in the children admitted to paediatric intensive care unit


  • Chaitra K. M. Department of Paediatrics, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Anil H. Department of Paediatrics, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Varshini P. Department of Paediatrics, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Avinash Agrawal Department of Paediatrics, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Shruti L. Talewad Department of Paediatrics, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India



Antibiotic sensitivity, Etiological organism, Culture, Sepsis


Background: Identifying common etiological organisms among cases of suspected sepsis and their sensitivity pattern for common antibiotics will help in initiating appropriate therapy. Finding association of positive culture with other markers of infection like total leucocyte count, haemoglobin, C-reactive protein.

Methods: Descriptive and an observational study conducted in Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, hospital paediatric intensive care unit, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Data was collected prospectively. Duration of study was for 1 year from February 2018 to February 2019.

Results: During the study, 52 cases admitted to paediatric intensive care unit were suspected to have sepsis and 91 samples were sent for culture. Out of these, 46 were blood, 34 were of urine and 11 others (pleural, CSF, ET). Among these samples tested 26% (18) of blood, 23.5% (8) of urine and 45.45% (5) of other samples showed organisms.

Conclusions: In this study, author were able to know the common etiological agent involved in sepsis. Author were able to identify the antibiotic sensitivity patterns among various organism which provide valid data for initiation of appropriate treatment.


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