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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Nov;71(3):316-9. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2011.07.013. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Prevalence of beta-lactam nonsusceptible Gram-negative bacilli and use and interpretation of current susceptibility breakpoints: a survey of infectious disease physicians.

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Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.


Beta-lactam-resistant Enterobacteriaceae represent an important public health problem; however, questions exist about their prevalence and the impact of recent breakpoint changes on clinical practice. We surveyed infectious disease physicians to better understand these issues. Many reported encountering resistant Enterobacteriaceae; respondents generally favored a more conservative interpretation of antimicrobial susceptibility results.

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