Longitudinal Study of the Drug Resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae of a Tertiary Hospital, China: Phenotypic Epidemiology Analysis (2013-2018)

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  • Na Pei
  • Qingxia Liu
  • Xinyi Cheng
  • Tianzhu Liang
  • Zijuan Jian
  • Siyi Wang
  • Yiming Zhong
  • Jingxuan He
  • Mao Zhou
  • Kristiansen, Karsten
  • Weijun Chen
  • Wenen Liu
  • Junhua Li

Purpose: Multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (MDR KP) is spreading worldwide and has posed a huge medical burden to public health. However, studies on drug resistance surveillance of KP, especially MDR KP, with a large longitudinal sample size in a tertiary hospital are rare. This study aims to investigate phenotypic epidemiology characteristics of 4128 KP isolates in a Chinese tertiary hospital covering a period of 5 years.

Methods: All the KP clinical isolates were retrospectively collected from a tertiary hospital in Hunan province of China from Jan 5, 2013 to Jul 24, 2018. All the isolates were identified by MALDI-TOF MS analysis. Twenty-four antimicrobial agents were tested by antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Fisher exact test and logistic regression were used to analyze the association between clinical factors and antimicrobial non-susceptibility for seven secondchoice antimicrobials.

Results: A total of 4128 KP isolates were collected in our study. The non-susceptible rates (NSRs) to ertapenem, imipenem and tigecycline increased considerably from 2013 to 2018 (13.6% to 28.6%, 10.1% to 28.9%, 10.8% to 46.5%, respectively) Amikacin presents the lowest NSR among 3 aminoglycosides (3.8-22.8%). The multi-drug NSRs among KP isolates to second-choice antimicrobials (88.6-100%) were higher than to all drugs (68.0%). The NSRs varied significantly among departments and sample sources. Higher ETP/IPM/AK NSRs (39.8/39.7/30.6%) were observed in Intensive Care Unit, and ETP/IPM non-susceptible isolates tended to distribute in cerebrospinal fluid. From 2015 to 2017, the NSRs of ETP, IPM, and AK showed an opposite trend of seasonal fluctuations to SXT.

Conclusion: Higher multi-drug resistance (MDR) rates were observed in KP isolates to second-choice antimicrobials than to others, among which MDR rates to carbapenems or AK are the highest. A unique pattern of MX and time distributions of MDR were observed. Clinical factors including gender were correlated with MDR rates of KP. Isolates in ICU and CSF showed higher NSRs in carbapenems which should be paid more attention to, and temporal distribution of NSRs was observed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInfection and Drug Resistance
Pages (from-to)613-626
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Research areas

  • Klebsiella pneumoniae, drug resistance, NSR, phenotypic epidemiology, ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE, RISK-FACTORS, INFECTION, COLISTIN, THREAT

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