Prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in respiratory samples from patients with tracheostomy in a long-term-care facility Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • ABSTRACT We aimed to study the prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae in respiratory samples from institutionalized patients with chronic tracheostomy. A total of 264 pairs of nasopharyngeal and endotracheal cultures were collected. There was no difference in the proportion of positive cultures between children (21%) and adults (18%). However, the proportion of positive endotracheal cultures was higher than that of nasopharyngeal cultures in adults (18% versus 3%, respectively; P< 0.001) but not in children (17% in both sites).

publication date

  • October 1, 2012