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Antimicrobial resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae carriage and infection in specialized geriatric care wards linked to acquisition in the referring hospital

Claire Gorrie, Mirjana Mirceta, Ryan Wick, Louise Judd, Kelly Wyres, Nicholas Thomson, Richard Strugnell, Nigel Pratt, Jill Garlick, Kerrie Watson, Peter Hunter, Steve McGloughlin, Denis Spelman, Adam Jenney, Kathryn Holt

Published : 2017


Abstract Background Klebsiella pneumoniae is a leading cause of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing hospital-associated infections, for which elderly patients are at increased risk. Methods We conducted a 1-year prospective cohort study, in which a third of patients admitted to two geriatric wards in a specialized hospital were recruited and screened for carriage of K. pneumoniae by microbiological culture. Clinical isolates were monitored via the hospital laboratory. Colonizing and clinical isolates were subjected to whole genome sequencing and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Results K. pneumoniae throat carriage prevalence was 4.1%, rectal carriage 10.8% and ESBL carria..

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