Table 1

Included and excluded febrile geriatric patients by discharge diagnosis

DiagnosisN (%)
Urinary tract infection192 (27.0)*
Pneumonia114 (16.0)†
Lower respiratory tract infection111 (15.7)†
Culture-negative yet treated100 (14.1)‡
Severe sepsis44 (6.4)†
Not treated-viral infection?39 (5.6)†
Cellulitis36 (5.1)†
Infected pressure sores27 (3.7)†
Gastrointestinal disease24 (3.4)†
Other§21 (3.0)†
Total708
  • *27 patients were excluded because they received broad spectrum antibiotics on admission.

  • †Excluded from the study.

  • ‡Eight patients were excluded because they received broad spectrum antibiotics on admission.

  • §Endocarditis (n=2), gall bladder infection (n=5), collagen vascular disease (n=9), cancer (n=3), and fever (n=2).