The Timing and Frequency of Infectious Complications after Radical Cystectomy: An Opportunity for Rescue Antibiotic Treatment

Brian J. Jordan*, Kevin C. Lewis, Richard S. Matulewicz, Shilajit D Kundu

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Introduction: We evaluated the timing, frequency and antibiotic sensitivity of post-radical cystectomy urinary tract infections to guide an infection reduction initiative. Methods: A combined review was performed of all patients undergoing radical cystectomy in the 2011 to 2013 American College of Surgeons NSQIP® database and 100 consecutive patients from our institution. We evaluated the rates and timing of postoperative urinary tract infection and sepsis as well as associations with hospital readmissions. Specific culture data and treatment interventions were assessed and an institution specific urinary tract infection antibiogram was created. Results: Among the 3,495 patients identified in the NSQIP database the 30-day rates of urinary tract infection and sepsis were 9.5% and 9.4%, respectively, and median days to urinary tract infection and sepsis were 15 and 13. Median length of stay after radical cystectomy was 10.4 days. Overall 61.5% of urinary tract infections and 52.1% of sepsis episodes occurred after discharge home. At our institution the rates of urinary tract infection and sepsis were 15% and 9%, and occurred at a median of 14 and 18 days, respectively. The 30-day readmission rate was 21%, with 10 readmissions for infections including 7 for urinary tract infection and 5 for bacteremia. We identified 9 patients with positive urine or blood cultures for yeast requiring antifungal therapy. Of the urinary tract infections 88% were sensitive to oral agents and 79% were sensitive to nitrofurantoin or ciprofloxacin. Conclusions: The timing of urinary tract infections/sepsis after radical cystectomy is predictable on the national and institutional level. At our hospital, cultured organisms are likely to respond to well tolerated oral therapies. This information can be used to implement an outpatient antibiotic protocol to prevent infectious complications after radical cystectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalUrology Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • cystectomy
  • patient readmission
  • postoperative complications
  • sepsis
  • urinary tract infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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