Neonatal sepsis in a tertiary unit in South Africa

  01 March 2021

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a global threat to healthcare resulting in an increase in morbidity and mortality. Neonatal sepsis is ranked as the third highest cause of neonatal demise globally, in which AMR accounted for 31.0% of deaths. AMR in neonates has been poorly characterised in Durban, South Africa. Thus, the resultant effect of AMR on empiric regimens for neonatal sepsis is uncertain in this setting. Therefore, this study analysed the aetiology and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bloodstream infections within the neonatal intensive care unit at a tertiary hospital in Durban, with the aim of establishing an effective empiric regimen for the unit.

Further reading: BMC Infectious Diseases
Author(s): Dharshni Pillay, Lerusha Naidoo, Khine Swe Swe-Han & Yesholata Mahabeer
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