#Control and #Elimination of #XDR #Acinetobacter baumanii in an #ICU (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Volume 25, Number 10—October 2019 / Dispatch

Control and Elimination of Extensively Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumanii in an Intensive Care Unit

Amanda Chamieh1, Tania Dagher Nawfal1, Tala Ballouz1, Claude Afif, George Juvelekian, Sani Hlais, Jean-Marc Rolain, and Eid Azar

Author affiliations: University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon (A. Chamieh, T. Ballouz, C. Afif, G. Juvelekian, E. Azar); Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France (T.D. Nawfal, J.-M. Rolain); Saint Joseph University and American University of Beirut, Beirut (S. Hlais)



We decreased antimicrobial drug consumption in an intensive care unit in Lebanon by changing to colistin monotherapy for extensively drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii infections. We saw a 78% decrease of A. baumanii in sputum and near-elimination of blaoxa-23-carrying sequence type 2 clone over the 1-year study. Non–A. baumanii multidrug-resistant infections remained stable.

Keywords: Antibiotics; Drugs Resistance; Colistin; Acinetobacter baumannii; Lebanon; ICU.


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