Published: 4 January 2021
Author(s): Francesca Giovannenze, Rita Murri, Claudia Palazzolo, Francesco Taccari, Marta Camici, Teresa Spanu, Brunella Posteraro, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Roberto Cauda, Graziano Onder, Massimo Fantoni
Issue: May 2021
Section: Original article

In recent years, incidence of bloodstream infections (BSIs) has been increasing worldwide, with over 1.2 million estimated episodes of BSI per year in Europe and around 600 000 in North America [1]. Despite efforts towards early recognition and optimal management, BSIs remain one of the leading causes of death in many European and North American countries, with a mortality rate of 12-20% [1].


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