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Am J Infect Control. 2019 Jan;47(1):98-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.06.021. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

The relevance of sink proximity to toilets on the detection of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase inside sink drains.

Author information

1
Department, of Pathology, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Electronic address: bbuchan@mcw.edu.
2
Division of Infectious Diseases, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
3
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, WI.
4
Department, of Pathology, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.
5
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Abstract

We report a higher prevalence of blaKPC in patient room sink drains located next to toilets (87.0%) when compared with sink drains located farther away from toilets (21.7%) using direct polymerase chain reaction assay. However, culture methods were only able to recover blaKPC-positive isolates from 16% of polymerase chain reaction-positive drains.

KEYWORDS:

Carbapenem-resistant organisms; Disinfection; Kpc; Pipes; Sink drains; Sinks

PMID:
30172608
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2018.06.021

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