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Surveillance of antibiotic susceptibility in a Swedish Burn Center 1994-2012
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery. Univ Uppsala Hosp, Dept Plast & Maxillofacial Surg, Uppsala, Sweden..
Linkoping Univ, Dept Clin & Expt Med, Clin Microbiol, Linkoping, Sweden..
Linkoping Univ, Inst Clin & Expt Med, Infect Dis, Linkoping, Sweden..
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2016 (English)In: Burns, ISSN 0305-4179, E-ISSN 1879-1409, Vol. 42, no 6, 1295-1303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Patients with burn trauma are at risk for infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria (ABR) with subsequent increase in morbidity and mortality. As part of the Swedish strategic program against antibiotic resistance in intensive care (ICU-Strama), we have surveyed the distribution of species and ABR in isolates from patients admitted to a Swedish burn center at Linkoping University Hospital from 1994 through 2012. In an international comparison Strama has been successful in reducing the antibiotic consumption among animals and humans in primary care. The aim of this study was to investigate the antibiotic consumption pressure and resistance rates in a Swedish burn unit. Methods: Microbiology data, total body surface area (TBSA), patient days, and mortality were collected from a hospital database for all patients admitted to the Burn Center at the University Hospital of Linkoping from April 1994 through December 2012. Results: A total of 1570 patients were admitted with a mean annual admission rate of 83 patients (range: 57-152). 15,006 microbiology cultures (approximately 10 per patient) were collected during the study period and of these 4531 were positive (approximately 3 per patient). The annual mean total body surface area (TBSA) was 13.4% (range 9.5-18.5) with an annual mortality rate of 5.4% (range 1-8%). The MRSA incidence was 1.7% (15/866) which corresponds to an MRSA incidence of 0.34/1000 admission days (TAD). Corresponding figures were for Escherichia coli resistant to 3rd generation cephalosporins (ESBL phenotype) 8% (13/170) and 0.3/TAD, Klebsiella spp. ESBL phenotype 5% (6/134) and 0.14/TAD, carbapenem resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa 26% (56/209) and 1.28/TAD, and carbapenem resistant Acinetobacter spp. 3% (2/64) and 0.04/TAD. Conclusions: Our results show a sustained low risk for MRSA and high, although not increasing, risk for carbapenem resistant P. aeruginosa.

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2016. Vol. 42, no 6, 1295-1303 p.
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Burn wound infection, Burn wound colonization, Antibacterial therapy, Antibiotic susceptibility, Burn mortality
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Dermatology and Venereal Diseases Surgery
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305487DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2016.01.025ISI: 000383524500014PubMedID: 27241732OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-305487DiVA: diva2:1038505
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Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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