R Factors in Hospital InfectionBr Med J 1972; 3 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5818.82 (Published 08 July 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:82
- Felicity M. Anderson,
- Naomi Datta,
- Elizabeth J. Shaw
In order to assess the clinical importance of R factors 524 “coliform” infections were studied in a general hospital. Of these, 95 were caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Among the remaining 429, 43% were caused by drug-resistant enterobacteria; resistance was frequently multiple and determined by transmissible R factors. Choice of therapy was thus limited but in every case at least one antibiotic, effective in vitro, was still available.