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Summary Objective 

To determine resistance patterns of multiresistant Gram-negative organisms at a surgical hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in order to guide appropriate antibiotic prescribing and improve infection control procedures. Method 

All samples sent in for microbiological analysis over a 3-month period were included. A resource neutral double disc-diffusion test was introduced to detect the presence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) production. Results 

We obtained 350 bacterial isolates from clinical specimens; 87.4% were Gram-negative bacteria (GNB). Of these, 88.9% were Enterobacteriaceae, of which 14.7% produced ESBL. Fifteen (37.5%) of these were isolated within 48 h of admission. Resistance to gentamicin and ciprofloxacin occurred in 70.0% and 72.5% of those organisms that produced ESBL and in 39.5% and 38.7% of those that did not. Resistance to third-generation cephalosporins was common: 36.7% of all GNB were resistant to ceftriaxone, 34.0% to cefotaxime, 19.6% to ceftazidime and 36.7% to cefoperazone. Conclusion 

Multiresistant Gram-negative organisms are common and pose a challenge to antibiotic therapy. Successful implementation of a simple test to detect ESBL production allowed reporting of these organisms, appropriate antibiotic prescribing and infection control interventions. Development of antibiotic-prescribing guidelines must take into account these resistance patterns.

Keywords: Vietnam; extended-spectrum β-lactamase; gram-negative bacteria; resistance

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1:  Department of Infectious Diseases, Barwon Health, Geelong, Australia 2:  Infection Control Department, Binh Dan Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 3:  Microbiology Department, Binh Dan Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Publication date: November 1, 2006


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