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Alexandra Fochtmann-Frana
Priv.-Doz. Alexandra Fochtmann-Frana

Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Position: Assistant Professor

ORCID: 0000-0003-1652-4856


Acinetobacter Infections; Burn Units; Burns; Candidemia; Carcinoma, Merkel Cell; Lower Extremity; Merkel cell polyomavirus; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Upper Extremity

Research interests

Improved survival after burn injury has led to elongated ICU stay and as a consequence increases the risk for infectious complications. My current focus is to understand the importance of organisms that cause bloodstream infections at the ICU for burn trauma of the General Hospital of Vienna, Austria. The main objective is to identify risk factors for bloodstream infections caused by different pathogens. Furthermore we aim to demonstrate changes in bloodstream infections pathogen profile over the ICU hospitalization period overall and dependent on baseline risk factors and describe mortality for different pathogens during ICU hospitalization.  

Selected publications

  1. Fochtmann, A. et al., 2016. Third degree open fractures and traumatic sub-/total amputations of the upper extremity: Outcome and relevance of the Mangled Extremity Severity Score. Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research, 102(6), pp.785–790. Available at:
  2. Fochtmann, A. et al., 2015. Clinical significance of Candida colonization of central vascular catheters in patients with major burns requiring intensive care. Intensive Care Medicine, 41(6), pp.1143–1144. Available at:
  3. Fochtmann, A. et al., 2015. Predisposing factors for candidemia in patients with major burns. Burns, 41(2), pp.326–332. Available at:
  4. Fochtmann, A. et al., 2014. Prognostic significance of lymph node ratio in patients with Merkel cell carcinoma. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 272(7), pp.1777–1783. Available at:
  5. Fochtmann, A. et al., 2014. Potential prognostic factors predicting secondary amputation in third-degree open lower limb fractures. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 76(4), pp.1076–1081. Available at: