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Prevalence and pattern of antibiotic resistance of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from door handles and other points of contact in public hospitals in Ghana

Overview of attention for article published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, May 2017
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Title
Prevalence and pattern of antibiotic resistance of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from door handles and other points of contact in public hospitals in Ghana
Published in
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, May 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13756-017-0203-2
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Courage Kosi Setsoafia Saba, Jean Kwadwo Amenyona, Stephen Wilson Kpordze

Abstract

Studies have implicated Staphylococcus aureus as the leading cause of septicemia in the Tamale metropolis of Ghana. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility of S. aureus and Methicillin Resistant S. aureus (MRSA) in the environments of three hospitals in Ghana. A total of 120 swab samples were taken from door handles, stair railings and other points of contact at Tamale Teaching Hospital, Tamale Central Hospital and Tamale West Hospital. The swab samples were directly plated on Mannitol Salt and Baird Parker agar plates and incubated at 37 °C (± 2) for 18-24 h. An antibiotic susceptibility test was performed using the Clinical Laboratory Standard Institute's guidelines. Isolates resistant to both cefoxitin and oxacillin were considered to be MRSA. A total of 47 (39%) positive S. aureus samples were isolated from all three hospitals, of which, eight (17%) were putative MRSA isolates. One MRSA isolate was resistant to all the antibiotics used (cefoxitin, oxacillin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, tetracycline, ampicillin, streptomycin and sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim). Five of the MRSA isolates were multi-drug resistant, whilst the other three were resistant to only two antibiotics. All the multi-drug resistant MRSA isolates were resistant to at least four antibiotics. The percentage of isolates resistant to oxacillin, ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, streptomycin, erythromycin, and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim were 17, 13, 9, 28, 89, 13 and 11% respectively. The high multi-drug resistance of MRSA in hospital environments in Ghana reinforces the need for the effective and routine cleaning of door handles in hospitals. Further investigation is required to understand whether S. aureus from door handles could be the possible causes of nosocomial diseases in the hospitals.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 151 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 41 27%
Student > Master 27 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 7%
Student > Postgraduate 8 5%
Researcher 8 5%
Other 11 7%
Unknown 46 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Immunology and Microbiology 26 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 18 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 6%
Other 17 11%
Unknown 50 33%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 February 2021.
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#2,229,481
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#307
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#44,171
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#5
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