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Comparison of Antibiotic Susceptibility Patterns of Bacterial Isolates Based on Time From Hospitalization and Culture Source: Implications for Hospital Antibiograms

  • Yaakov Dickstein (a1), Yuval Geffen (a2), Leonard Leibovici (a3) and Mical Paul (a1)

We assessed the effects of time from hospitalization and culture source on bacterial susceptibility profiles. Increasing resistance correlated with increasing time from hospitalization for all bacterial groups, with 7 days in hospital representing the best time point for dichotomizing susceptibility rates rather than 48 hours. Antibiograms based on isolates from any source best represented susceptibility profiles.

Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 2016;37(2):212–214

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Address correspondence to Dr. Yaakov Dickstein, Division of Infectious Diseases, Rambam Health Care Campus, HaAliya HaShniya St. 8, Haifa, Israel 3109601 (
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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. The data from this article was presented as a poster at the 2015 Conference of the Israeli Society of Infectious Diseases.

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