Ewha Med J.  2013 Sep;36(2):126-131. 10.12771/emj.2013.36.2.126.

Differences in Bacterial Species and Their Resistance Rates based on Sputum Cultures between Tertiary Hospitals and Smaller Medical Institutions

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul Red Cross Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul Seonam Hospital, Seoul, Korea. 00021@eussh.org


Since the 1990s, drug-resistant bacteria have become common pathogens of hospital-acquired infections. In recent years, healthcare-associated infections have come to the fore, and it is reported that distribution rates of these bacteria are comparable to those of hospital-acquired infections. However, there have been few studies on differences in resistant bacteria depending on the size of hospitals. Thus, the authors studied differences in drug-resistant bacteria between a tertiary hospital and smaller medical institutions.
We retrospectively analyzed the clinical findings and sputum culture results of patients transferred from tertiary hospitals (group A, n=74) and those transferred from smaller medical institutions (group B, n=65).
The number of patients with malignancy was higher in group A than in group B. The length of intensive care unit stay was longer in group A than in group B. Antibiotic therapy and mechanical ventilation were more frequently used in group A than in group B. There were no significant differences between the 2 groups in bacterial species (Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and their resistance rates to carbapenem, while there were significant differences between the 2 groups in the bacterial species (Acinetobacter baumannii) and its resistance rate to carbapenem.
In this study, there were significant differences between the 2 groups in the bacterial species and resistance rates to carbapenem for A. baumannii infection unlike other bacterial infections. Further studies on risk factors and patient classification are needed to confirm our results.


Acinetobacter baumannii; Carbapenem resistance; Healthcare-associated infection
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