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Emergence of multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a Western Australia hospital


Inglis, TJJ and Benson, KA and O'Reilly, L and Bradbury, R and Hodge, M and Speers, D and Heath, CH, Emergence of multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a Western Australia hospital, Journal of Hospital Infection, 76, (1) pp. 60-65. ISSN 0195-6701 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2010.01.026


Multi-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MRPa) has been isolated from patients in a Western Australian teaching hospital with increasing frequency since first encountered in 2006. Between 2006 and 2008 the number of patients with MRPa increased from three to nine per annum, and their location shifted from intensive care to a high dependency unit. A novel water-saving device (aerator) in a staff hand basin was identified as a likely disseminator, with MRPa being isolated from biofilm in the basin's plumbing. The disposal of patient waste, surplus intravenous antibiotic infusions and solid items via hand basins were possible contributory factors. Genotyping of MRPa from patients in other hospitals showed distinct genotypic lineages. The third seasonal cluster persisted for longer, indicating adaption to environment. More effective environmental control of P. aeruginosa is urgently needed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Emerging healthcare-associated infection; Molecular epidemiology; Multi-resistant pseudomonas; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical bacteriology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bradbury, R (Dr Richard Bradbury)
ID Code:64547
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2010-08-12
Last Modified:2012-10-02

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