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Multidrug Resistant Organisms in the Intensive Care Unit of a Tertiary Care Hospital in Jamaica

This article looks at the detection of multidrug resistant (MDR) on clinical and non-clinical surfaces of the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) of a tertiary care hospital post detection of an outbreak or endemic strain of similar pathogens in patient samples. The aim was to highlight the potential role of the environment as a possible reservoir for organisms and underscore the importance of infection control strategies in breaking the chain of infection.


Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the presence of multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogenic bacteria in the environment of the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) a tertiary care hospital in Jamaica.  This was done to find out if organisms previously associated with outbreaks are present and to make recommendations as appropriate, for infection prevention and control measures.

15 Jun, 2018
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e-Published: 27 Feb, 2019


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