Maysa Baroud

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A recent increase in carbapenem resistance among extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia coli isolates at a major tertiary care centre in Lebanon prompted the initiation of this study. Consecutive ESBL-producing isolates were tested for resistance to carbapenems, with initial screening by disk diffusion and Etest(More)
Carbapenem resistance has been encountered globally with poor outcome of infected patients. NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) gene containing organisms have emerged and are now spreading in all continents. This is the first report of Iraqi patients referred to Lebanon from whom carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae were recovered. The genes(More)
Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) associated with Streptococcus pneumonia is a major public health problem worldwide for all age groups, including in Lebanon. Prevention through vaccination remains the most valuable tool to decrease the burden of disease. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 7 (PCV7), marketed internationally including in the Middle East and(More)
This study determined macrolide resistance genotypes in clinical isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae from multiple medical centers in Lebanon and assessed the serotype distribution in relation to these mechanism(s) of resistance and the source of isolate recovery. Forty four macrolide resistant and 21 macrolide susceptible S. pneumoniae clinical isolates(More)
This study assesses the potential effect of micafungin, an antifungal agent known to inhibit 1,3-β-D-glucan synthesis in Candida albicans, on biofilm formation of selected Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates by decreasing the synthesis of extracellular matrix β-D-glucan forming units. The effect of an optimal therapeutic dose of 10 mg ml(-1) micafungin on the(More)
BACKGROUND eHealth can positively impact the efficiency and quality of healthcare services. Its potential benefits extend to the patient, healthcare provider, and organization. Primary healthcare (PHC) settings may particularly benefit from eHealth. In these settings, healthcare provider readiness is key to successful eHealth implementation. Accordingly, it(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen known to be a leading cause of nosocomial and community-acquired infections worldwide. Here, the role of biofilm formation and its possibility in enhancing the colonization and spread of P. aeruginosa in a medical center has been studied. More specifically, this study measures the in vitro production of(More)
Low job satisfaction is linked to higher staff turnover and intensified shortages in healthcare providers (HCP). This study investigates the level of, and factors associated with, HCP job satisfaction in the national primary healthcare (PHC) network in Lebanon. The study adopts a cross-sectional design to survey HCP at 99 PHC centres distributed across the(More)
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