Journal Article

Nasal colonization by Staphylococcus aureus in active, independent, community seniors.

Y L Lee, T Cesario, A Pax, C Tran, A Ghouri and L D Thrupp

in Age and Ageing

Published on behalf of British Geriatrics Society

Volume 28, issue 2, pages 229-232
Published in print March 1999 | ISSN: 0002-0729
Published online March 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-2834 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/28.2.229
Nasal colonization by Staphylococcus aureus in active, independent, community seniors.

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OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the prevalence of nasal colonization with Staphylococcus aureus (SA) in active, independent community seniors and old people in a nursing home. DESIGN: cross-sectional brief questionnaire and screening culture of anterior nares specimens from 165 elders at a community centre and cross-sectional data from a recent survey in a nursing home. RESULTS: the prevalence of SA colonization in community seniors (27%) was similar to that in the nursing home (29%). The proportion of SA isolates that were methicillin-resistant was much lower in the community seniors (2.3%) than in the nursing-home residents (31%). There was less antibiotic resistance in those living at home. CONCLUSION: in community seniors the prevalence of SA colonization was similar to that in nursing-home residents, but the prevalence of methicillin-resistant SA was lower. Susceptibility patterns of antibiotics tested against the SA showed less resistance than isolates from nursing-home patients.

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine

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