Bacterial resistance to trimethoprim in geriatric medical wards

M. J. Bendall, S. Ebrahim, R. G. Finch, R. C.B. Slack, K. J. Towner

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Urinary tract infections (UTI) caused by organisms resistant to trimethoprim (TMP), as well as their faecal carriage were studied in two geriatric wards. TMP-resistant UTI was common (26 and 50% of admission and ward-acquired infections, respectively) and was associated with male sex, recurrent and transferred admissions and length of stay. There was a strong relationship between faecal carriage and isolation of TMP-resistant organisms from urine. Antimicrobial exposure was the major determinant of TMP-resistant faecal carriage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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