Prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in respiratory samples from patients with tracheostomy in a long-term-care facility

Amos Adler, Debby Ben-David, Mitchell J. Schwaber, Samira Masarwa, David Schwartz, Nurith Porat, Tali Kotlovsky, Maya Shklyar, Nikolay Polivkin, Irina Weinberg, Avraham Lazary, Nissim Ohana, Ron Dagan

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Abstract

We aimed to study the prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in respiratory samples from institutionalized patients with chronic tracheostomy. A total of 264 pairs of nasopharyngeal and endotracheal cultures were collected. There was no difference in the proportion of positive cultures between children (21%) and adults (18%). However, the proportion of positive endotracheal cultures was higher than that of nasopharyngeal cultures in adults (18% versus 3%, respectively; P < 0.001) but not in children (17% in both sites).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3368-3370
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume50
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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