An Exploratory Study of Staphylococcus epidermidis Isolates from Environment and Patient Blood Cultures from an Intensive Care Unit

Keywords: Staphylococcus epidermidis, near touch sites, intensive care units, environmental contamination, environmental cleaning


This exploratory study determined the epidemiological characteristics of Staphylococcus epidermidis from near touch sites and blood cultures in one Intensive Care Unit (ICU) between July and October 2009 in a large teaching hospital in Brazil. Five different touch sites around the environment of two different patients were sampled over four days and 24 blood cultures from 24 patients were obtained and analyzed. Isolates from near touch sites and blood cultures were compared by means of the repetitive extragenic palindromic sequence-based polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR) and analyzed by the unweighted pair-group method with arithmetic mean (UPGMA) (BioNumerics, 6.0). Results found that ciprofloxacinresistant Staphylococcus epidermidis on stethoscopes, bed rails (P

Author Biography

Basic Nursing Department, School of Nursing, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG 31270-901, Brazil