Bacterial susceptibility patterns in patients with spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D): An opportunity for customized stewardship tools

K. J. Suda*, U. C. Patel, R. Sabzwari, L. Cao, S. Ramanathan, J. N. Hill, C. T. Evans

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27 Scopus citations


Study design:Retrospective observational study of bacterial susceptibilities in Veterans with SCI/D as compared to a general patient population.Objectives: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the prevalence and susceptibility of bacteria isolated from spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D) patients as compared with a general patient population and determine whether a SCI/D-specific antibiogram, a report of bacterial susceptibilities used to guide empiric antibiotic selection, would be a useful stewardship tool.Setting:Veterans Affairs Medical Center located in Cook county, IL, USA. Methods: Microbiology reports from 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013 were compiled into a SCI/D-specific antibiogram and compared to a non-SCI/D antibiogram. Results: Persons with positive cultures and SCI/D were younger and had a higher Charlson Index as compared to non-SCI/D patients (P<0.0001 for both). Five thousand one hundred and thirty-one unique isolate cultures were evaluated (SCI/D=23.0%). Frequencies of pathogens isolated in SCI/D and non-SCI/D differed. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus occurred more frequently in SCI/D (27.8% vs 55.4%; P<0.0001). Gram-negatives had generally lower susceptibilities in SCI/D and a higher frequency of organisms producing extended-spectrum Beta-lactamases (17.6% vs 5.0%; P<0.0001), carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (2.4% vs 0.5%; P<0.0001), carbapenem resistance (7.6% vs 2.4%; P<0.0001) and isolates resistant to ≥3 antibiotic classes (60.7% vs 28.0%; P=0.0001). Conclusion: Different pathogens with poorer susceptibilities are isolated in SCI/D. Thus an SCI/D-specific antibiogram reflective of resistance patterns in these patients may increase the appropriateness of empiric antibiotic selection. The frequency of multi-drug resistant organisms in cultures obtained from patients with SCI/D is worrisome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1001-1009
Number of pages9
JournalSpinal Cord
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


Dive into the research topics of 'Bacterial susceptibility patterns in patients with spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D): An opportunity for customized stewardship tools'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this