O. M. Murphy

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The control of hospital-acquired infection, in particular methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) remains a challenge. Our hospital has established a purpose built 11-bed cohort unit with on-site rehabilitation for care of patients colonized with MRSA, in an attempt to improve their quality of care. Prior to the opening of this unit a number of(More)
Despite improvements in survival rates, infection remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality following solid organ transplantation. Prevention of infection and, failing this, prompt diagnosis and treatment remain the cornerstones of management. During the peri-operative admission, when the level of immunosuppression is at its height, nosocomial(More)
We report two cases of ecthyma gangrenosum which occurred at sites of iatrogenic trauma. The first case developed due to metastatic seeding with Pseudomonas aeruginosa during an episode of septicaemia and the second case occurred as a primary skin lesion. Both required prolonged courses of antibiotics and one patient died. The different pathogenic(More)
Aeromonas species were isolated from specimens other than faeces from 59 hospital inpatients over a 15 year period. Of the isolates, 79.7% were regarded as clinically significant, with skin and soft tissues and blood cultures as the commonest sites of infection. Of the isolates, 52.5% were hospital-acquired, and 55.9% of patients had serious underlying(More)
Presented here is the 5-year impact of a national antimicrobial resistance surveillance system in Ireland, which was introduced in accordance with the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS). Participation in EARSS began in Ireland in 1999. Initially, 12 laboratories serving a mix of general and tertiary hospitals participated, but by(More)