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Bodonaik, Nabin C.; Moonah, S.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Microbiology
Article Title
Coagulase Negative Staphylococci From Blood Cultures: Contaminants or Pathogens? [Abstract]
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Journal Title
West Indian Medical Journal
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Refereed
Date of Publication
2005
Volume ID
54
Issue ID
Suppl. 2
Page(s)
66
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ISSN
0043-3144
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Abstract
Objective: To ascertain the clinical significance of coagulase negative staphylocci isolated from blood cultures of patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Kingston, Jamaica. Design and Methods: Detailed clinical data, laboratory indices, microbiological parametres and patient charactersitics of 60 patients with pure growth of coagulase negative staphylocci in two bottles of blood cultures were analyzed and the clinical significance ascertained using standard criteria. The cultures of blood were done using Bactec 9240 blood culture system. Conclusion: Coagulase negative staphylococci remain the most common contaminant in blood culture specimens. Over 70% of isolates were contaminants in this study which is similar to that in a number of such studies in other hospitals. The findings underline the need for careful evaluation of coagulase negative staphylococci isolated from blood cultures before instituting therapy to avoid unneessary use of antibiotics especially vancomycin and the consequent increase of antibiotic resistance in hospitals.....
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