Journal Article

Antibiotic resistance in 3113 blood isolates of <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> in 40 Spanish hospitals participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (2000–2002)

Jesús Oteo, Fernando Baquero, Ana Vindel and José Campos

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 53, issue 6, pages 1033-1038
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI:
Antibiotic resistance in 3113 blood isolates of Staphylococcus aureus in 40 Spanish hospitals participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (2000–2002)

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Objectives: Since 1998 the European Commission has funded EARSS. We present the antibiotic susceptibility results of invasive Staphylococcus aureus obtained in Spain (2000–2002).

Material and methods: Forty hospitals participated in this study, covering nearly 30% of the Spanish population. All blood isolates of S. aureus were included. Laboratories used their usual methods to perform microbiological studies. Annual external quality controls were carried out. A questionnaire with hospital, patient and specimen data was completed for each isolate. Results were included in a database and analysed with WHONET 5 software.

Results: Invasive S. aureus was isolated in 3113 patients. Resistance was 24.5% to oxacillin, 25.4% to ciprofloxacin, 25.2% to erythromycin and 12.1% to gentamicin. Gentamicin resistance decreased from 16.6% (2000) to 9.7% (2002). Multiresistance was observed in 68.1% of oxacillin-resistant isolates. More prevalent multiresistance profiles consisted of oxacillin–ciprofloxacin–erythromycin–gentamicin (7.4%) and oxacillin–ciprofloxacin–erythromycin (7.1%). Oxacillin resistance was significantly higher in nosocomial isolates than in those implicated in community-onset infections (26.7% versus 14.2%), in isolates from adults than in those from children (27.3% versus 4.7%), in hospitals with >500 beds than in those with <500 beds (31.1% versus 18.3%) and in isolates from Intensive Care Units than in those from other departments (39.3% versus 24%). Decreased susceptibility to vancomycin was not detected.

Conclusions: In Spain, S. aureus blood isolates present a high prevalence of resistance to oxacillin, ciprofloxacin and erythromycin, as well as a high prevalence of multiresistance. Oxacillin resistance remains stable but varies in relation to hospital size, patient age, hospital department and place of infection acquisition.

Keywords: Keywords: invasive pathogens, staphylococcal infections, antimicrobial susceptibility

Journal Article.  4136 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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