Blood stream infections during the first wave of COVID-19. A short microbiological retrospective picture at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Bergamo, Italy

New Microbiol. 2021 Jan;44(1):51-58.


This paper aims to describe the etiology of bloodstream infections in COVID-19, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Bergamo, Italy. Two periods were evaluated: February 22-May 21, 2019/2020. We considered: the number of patients and blood culture sets, species of isolates (bacteria, specifically those indicated by EARS criteria; CoNS; Candida albicans) and their antibiotic sensitivity. In 2020 Escherichia coli and Carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae disappeared. Candida albicans and MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecium and Acinetobacter baumannii were largely present. The analysis shows: 1. BSIs number was the same; 2. In the first month of the COVID-19 period, BSIs were uncommon; 3. Microbial etiologies were different; 4. MDR isolates were less common.