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          VOLUME 38 / ISSUE 3

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5 - Investigaton of nasal staphyloccocus aureus colonization among patients and staff of hemodialysis unit

Birsen Durmaz Çetin, Nuran Özcan, Mehtap Oktar, Özlem Harmankaya, Mürvet Yılmaz, Abdülkadir Ünsal, Neşe Çimenci

Objective: In this study our aim was to investigate nasal Staphyloccocus aureus colonization among patients and hospital staff of hemodialysis unit and the rate of rnethicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) at Şişli Etfal Training and Research Hospital.

Study Design: During 2002 112 hemodialysis patients and 28 hospital staff persons were investigated for nasal S.aureus colonization. Nasal swab samples were investigated by conventional bacteriological methods. The antibiotic susceptibility were measured according to NCCLS standards by using disc diffusion method.

Results: Among 112 hemodialysis patients 24 (%21.4) had S.aureus, 3 (2.6%) rnethicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA); among 28 hospital staff 3 (10.7%) S.aureus colonizaion was found. There was not found any resistant strain against glicopeptides.

Conclusions: Patients and hospital staff of hemodialysis unit at our hospital had lower rates of S.aureus nasal colonisation compared with other units in our country. MRSA carriage was not found among hospital staff.

Keywords: S.aureus, hemodiyalisis patients, hospital staff, nasal carriage

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