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Factors influencing colonisation with gentamicin resistant gram negative organisms in the neonatal unit.
  1. D Isaacs,
  2. J Catterson,
  3. P L Hope,
  4. E R Moxon,
  5. A R Wilkinson
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital.


    The proportion of babies colonised with gentamicin resistant Gram negative organisms in a nursery over a 30 month period did not correlate with the quantity or duration of aminoglycosides used, but it did correlate with two indicators of workload: the number of baby days and a score based on the level of nursing care required. Spread of resistant organisms may be more likely as workload increases.

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