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We describe 2 patients without prior exposure to linezolid who were infected with closely related strains of linezolid- and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (LRVREF) that may have been hospital acquired. Polymerase chain reaction amplification of the domain V region of the 23S ribosomal RNA gene demonstrated the presence of the G2576U mutation(More)
The majority of infections with glycopeptide intermediate-level resistant Staphylococcus aureus (GISA) originate in biomedical devices, suggesting a possible increased ability of these strains to produce biofilm. Loss of function of the accessory gene regulator (agr) of S. aureus has been suggested to confer an enhanced ability to bind to polystyrene. We(More)
The emergence of a clinically daptomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolate occurred during treatment of methicillin-resistant S. aureus bacteremia and probable vertebral osteomyelitis. The breakthrough isolate was indistinguishable from pretreatment daptomycin-susceptible isolates by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Daptomycin nonsusceptibility was(More)
PURPOSE A prospective clinical and molecular epidemiologic study was conducted to define the frequency of nosocomial Clostridium difficile patient-to-patient transmission in an urban tertiary referral hospital. PATIENTS AND METHODS Over a 6-month period, environmental cultures for C difficile were obtained from patients with new positive stool cytotoxin(More)
We studied the utility of performing a penicillin binding protein 2a latex agglutination (PBP-LA) assay directly on Bactec blood culture broth samples containing Staphylococcus aureus to rapidly detect methicillin resistance. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of this method were 94.1%, 97.5%, 98%, and(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to define the epidemiological associations of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in intensive care units (ICUs) during a non-outbreak period by examining prevalence, risk factors for colonization, frequency of acquisition, and molecular strain types. DESIGN A prospective cohort design was followed. Consecutive patient admissions to(More)
Linezolid is an important therapeutic option for infections caused by resistant gram-positive bacteria. We report the characterization of sequential methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream isolates that developed resistance in a patient treated with a prolonged course of linezolid. Analysis of this series of clinical MRSA isolates(More)
We conducted a case-series study of multiresistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in patients who did not have cystic fibrosis. Patient characteristics, antibiotic exposures, time course of emergence of resistance, and clinical outcomes were examined. Twenty-two patients were identified from whom P. aeruginosa resistant to ciprofloxacin, imipenem, ceftazidime, and(More)
Our objective was to examine epidemiological characteristics of hospitalized patients with imipenem-resistant Serratia marcescens. We performed a case-control study using data collected from computerized databases and chart review. Molecular typing by pulsed field gel electrophoresis of available isolates was performed. One hundred and ten patients had(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate microbiological properties of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during prolonged vancomycin therapy. METHODS We evaluated vancomycin susceptibility and heteroresistance, accessory gene regulator (agr) function, autolysis, biofilm production and in vitro vancomycin killing in serial MRSA bloodstream isolates obtained(More)