Akpaka, P.E.; Christian, Nicole; Bodonaik, Nabin C.; Smikle, Monica
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Microbiology
Molecular Epidemiology of Blood Isolates of Methicillin Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci at the University Hospital of the West Indies. [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: To investigate the clonal relationships of blood isolates of methicillin resistant coagulase negative staphylococci (MRSE) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). Method: pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis was performed on MRSE isolated from the blood cultures of 54 patients from various hospital wards during May to October 2003. The identification and susceptibility testing of the MRSE were carried out using standard microbiological procedures and automated systems. Conclusion: The unrelatedness of the MRSE examined suggestss that there was no cross infection between patients. The PFGE was valuable in clarifying the epidemiology of the MRSE and providing evidence of its mode of spread at the UHWI. We recommended the further use of this epidemiological method at the UHWI.....