Wednesday 14 May 2014

Resistant Enterobacteriaceae and non - fermenters

John Otter presented at the HIS / IPS Spring Meeting recently. His presentation was titled "Dissecting the epidemiology of resistant Enterobacteriaceae and non-fermenters". The meeting was entitled: “What’s that coming over the hill? Rising to the challenge of multi-resistant Gram-negative rods”.

According to Dr. Otter:

"My exploration of the differences in the epidemiology of resistant Enterobacteriaceae and non-fermenters (mainly A. baumannii) was designed to prompt anybody tempted to conflate these two related problems to think twice. Resistant Enterobacteriaceae and non-fermenters do share the same response to the Gram-stain and can be resistant to key antibiotics occasionally through shared mechanisms (principally the carbapenemases). But that’s about it. Otherwise they’re like chalk and cheese. (A. baumannii = chalk, which turns to dust; Enterobacteriaeae = a good cheese, which ultimately ends up in the gut.)"

The slides for the presentation are available for view via the HIS/IPS, here.

Posted by Tim Sandle

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