Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 6 No. Special Edition Oct. 2012

Prevalence of ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase) Producing Organisms amongst Neonatal Infection

Nirmaljeet Kaur Bhatia, Shalini Malhotra, V. Nandini, Dheeraj Bahl and Charoo Hans

Department of Microbiology, Dr RML Hospital and PGIMER, New Delhi - 110 001, India.

Received on 04 March 2012 and accepted on 10 June 2012

 

ABSTRACT

Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL) are enzymes produced by gram negative organisms. The current study was performed to study the prevalence of ESBL amonst neonatal infections. All neonates with suspected sepsis were enrolled in the study over a period of one year and the ESBL producing organisms were isolated from different clinical samples along with their antibiotic sensitivity testing. The prevalence was found to be 5.3%. It is necessary to know the prevalence in all hospitals as it will guide the formulation of antibiotic policy for high risk units.

Keywords : ESBL, Neonatal Infections.