Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia at Alice Springs Hospital, Central Australia, 2003-2006.
S Hewagama, T Spelman, LJ Einsiedel
Internal Medicine Journal | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Infectious diseases remain the leading cause of death at Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) and Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) is the second most common bloodstream infection. Non-multidrug-resistant, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (nmMRSA) is endemic to the region. AIMS: To determine whether differences exist between racial groups and resistance phenotypes in the clinical manifestations and outcomes of SAB at ASH. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical and pathology records for inpatients with SAB between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2006. RESULTS: A total of 125 patients (indigenous, 111; non-indigenous, 14) presented with SAB during the study period. Among indigenous..View full abstract