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The Causes and Interpretation of Low-level Resistance in Staphylococcus Aureus

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 21, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 9, 2014
Astellas Pharma Inc
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Virginia Commonwealth University

Brief Summary:
The hypothesis of this investigation is that rate of isolation of resistant nosocomial pathogens can be explained by a combination of measures that include, among other things, antimicrobial drug use, infection control efforts, patient mix and antimicrobial stewardship efforts. The short term goal of this investigation is to improve our understanding of the relationships between antimicrobial stewardship program efforts (and actual antimicrobial drug use), and infection control efforts to the incidence rates of MSSA, MRSA, h-VISA and SA-MICcreep. The long term goal of this investigation is to design interventions that will improve antimicrobial drug use and decrease cross-transmission of resistant bacteria, resulting in a decrease in the rates of infection caused resistant hospital organisms.

Condition or disease
Staphylococcus Aureus

Detailed Description:

Study Design

We propose to survey clinical pharmacists, infectious diseases practitioners and clinical microbiologists at these 53 hospitals during the summer of 2009 to characterize the hospital policy toward isolation of SA-MICcreep and to investigate the relationship of SA-MICcreep to vancomycin use. Specifically, we will determine (1) if the hospital attempts to isolate SA-MICcreep (2) the method(s) of testing SA susceptibility to vancomycin, (3) interpretative criteria for MICs to vancomycin and whether there is a policy toward differential treatment of isolated with SA-MICcreep. In addition we will determine (1) the relationship of SA-MICcreep to vancomycin use and (2) the relationship to other hospital and patient demographics to SA-MICcreep. A pilot study (Dec. 2008) found that 7 of 8 hospitals surveyed do determine the vancomycin MIC for Staphylococcus aureus. However the interpretation of these findings, and the action taken, differ between hospitals. This may be because this is a newly described phenomenon, and professional organizations have not yet issued guidelines regarding the interpretation of these isolates (6).

We have measured vancomycin use by the following methods at each hospital:

  • Days of therapy/1000 patient days.
  • Mean duration of vancomycin therapy (days).
  • Proportion of adult patients who receive vancomycin (%).
  • Vancomycin "Intensity Index": The product of #2 and #3.

We will also measure the use of other antibacterial drugs that are used to treat infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus including linezolid and daptomycin as these drugs may reduce the isolation of SA-MICcreep.

The survey instrument will include requests for the following information:

1. Does the clinical microbiology laboratory make an attempt to identify MIC creep for clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus?

  1. If yes, when did this policy begin?
  2. Are all Staphylococcus aureus isolates tested (i.e., MSSA and MRSA) or only MRSA?
  3. Are all clinical isolated routinely tested, or only selected isolates (e.g., only by request from ID, or only blood isolates, or only isolates from ICU patients, etc.)
  4. What method(s) is used to determine the MIC to vancomycin?
  5. What MIC is thought to warrant concern? (e.g., 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 mcg/ml) ?
  6. What action, if any, is taken as a function of the MIC to vancomycin?
  7. Is "more aggressive" therapy with vancomycin attempted if an isolate of concern is identified, or is alternative therapy recommended or routinely implemented?
  8. If alternative therapy is routinely administered, what is that therapy?

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 45 participants
Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: The Causes and Interpretation of Low-level Resistance in Staphylococcus Aureus to Vancomycin Among a Network of Academic Medical Center Hospitals
Study Start Date : April 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2013

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Proportion of hospitals that test for MIC creep to vancomycin [ Time Frame: 2009 ]
    Survey of hospitals participating in the UHC consortium

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adult inpatients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult inpatients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pediatric inpatients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01127516

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United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University School ofPharamcy
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
Astellas Pharma Inc

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Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier: NCT01127516     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PT105051
First Posted: May 21, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 9, 2014
Last Verified: July 2014

Keywords provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:
Susceptibility testing
Antimicrobial stewardship