Molecular epidemiology of transmissible gentamicin resistance among coagulase-negative staphylococci in a cardiac surgery unit.

@article{Archer1985MolecularEO,
  title={Molecular epidemiology of transmissible gentamicin resistance among coagulase-negative staphylococci in a cardiac surgery unit.},
  author={Gordon L Archer and D R Dietrick and Jerry L Johnston},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={1985},
  volume={151 2},
  pages={243-51}
}
The prevalence of colonization of patients in a cardiac surgery unit with gentamicin-resistant, coagulase-negative staphylococci increased from 20% to 68% over a period of four years. Gentamicin resistance was found to be plasmid associated and transmissible from wild-type coagulase-negative staphylococcal donors to a Staphylococcus aureus recipient by filter mating (conjugative). These plasmids were present in isolates from 50 (74%) of 69 individuals examined. This figure included isolates… CONTINUE READING

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