Rev Esp Quimioter 2019; 32(3):254-262

Description of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates in a Spanish tertiary hospital. Epidemiological analysis and clinical impact


Objectives. The aim of the study was to carry out an epidemiological analysis of patients with carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) isolations in our hospital as well as to perform a description of the genotypic temporal evolution of CPE isolated.
Material and methods. An observational prospective cohort study was performed involving all patients with CPE isolates from clinical samples during November 2014 to November 2016 in a Spanish teaching hospital. Patients were clinically evaluated and classified either as infected or colonized. Information on the consumption of carbapenems in the hospital during the study period was also analyzed. PCR was used for identification of the carbapenemase genes blaKPC, blaVIM, and blaOXA-48.
Results. A total of 301 CPE isolates were obtained (107 in 2014, 89 in 2015 and 105 in 2016). Klebsiella pneumoniae (73.4%) was the most prevalent microorganism. Hundred and seventy (56.7%) of carbapenemases detected were blaOXA-48, 73 (24.3%) were blaKPC and 57 (19%) were blaVIM. In year 2014 KPC was predominant while in 2016 OXA-48 predominated. In 2014 we observed a significant association between the medical wards and the ICU with a higher prevalence of OXA-48 (OR 4.15; P<0.001) and VIM (OR 7.40; P<0.001) in the univariate analysis, in the following years there was no association. Regarding the clinical significance of microbiological results after assessing our patients, 60% of isolates represented infection and 40% behaved as colonizers. One third of hospitalized patients with CPE isolation died within 30 days, regardless of whether they were colonized or infected.
Conclusions. We have observed an epidemiological change in the genotypes of our isolates along the study period. A thorough knowledge of the CPE’s epidemiological distribution in each hospital is fundamental for optimizing antimicrobial chemotherapy.

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