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Comparison of Chlorhexidine-Alcohol and Povidone-Iodine for Skin Antisepsis and the Effect of Increased Blood Volume in Blood Culture

Kang H, Kim SC, Kim S

BACKGROUND: Reducing skin contamination rate and improving the positive rate in blood culture is essential for the correct diagnosis and management of sepsis. Chlorhexidine-alcohol was compared with povidone-iodine for the...
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Frequency of Mycoplasma pneumoniae Antibodies in Children Living on Jeju Island

Lee K, Kim WJ, Kim DL, Kim JH, Chong MS

BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) is a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia in children. Currently, no study exists regarding the frequency of the mycoplasmal antibody on Jeju Island. The aim of...
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Direct Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus from Blood Cultures Using Three Non-Molecular Methods: PBP2a Latex Agglutination, PBP2a Rapid Immunochromatographic Assay and MRSA-Chromogenic Medium

Hong SB, Son BR, Shin KS

BACKGROUND: This study compared three non-molecular methods for the detection of methicillin-resistance directly from blood cultures containing Staphylococcus aureus: penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 2a latex agglutination (LA), PBP2a immunochromatographic assay (ICA)...
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Clinical Features Associated with Blood Cultures According to the Use of Antimicrobial Agents Prior to Blood Collection

Kang H, Kim S

BACKGROUND: Previous antibiotic exposure may inhibit the growth of microorganisms in blood culture bottles. The authors investigated the frequency of previous antibiotic usage and analyzed the relationships among antibiotic usage,...
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A Korean Nationwide Surveillance Study for Non-Typhoidal Salmonella Isolated in Humans and Food Animals from 2006 to 2008: Extended-Spectrum beta-Lactamase, Plasmid-Mediated AmpC beta-Lactamase, and Plasmid-Mediated Quinolone Resistance qnr Genes

Chung HS, Lee H, Lee Y, Yong D, Jeong SH, Lee BK, Jung SC, Lim SK, Lee K, Chong Y

BACKGROUND: The emergence of non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) with decreased susceptibilities to fluoroquinolone, ampicillin, or ceftriaxone has been reported worldwide. However, current surveillance studies of resistance among NTS in Korea are...
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Low-Colony Counts of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria: Clinical Significance Analysis

Hong KH, Joo SI, Kim EC, Shin S, Roh EY, Yoon JH

BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) is challenging, and clinical, radiological and microbiological criteria should be met. Traditionally, culture results on solid media have been reported semi-quantitatively, but no study...
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Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

Bae IK, Jeong SH, Lee K

Clinical isolates of Acinetobacter spp. in Korea exhibit higher antimicrobial resistance rates than in foreign countries and frequently show multi-drug resistance. Approximately 67% (272/405) of Acinetobacter baumannii isolates collected from...
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