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My 5yo trachee has been positive for esbl kleb o. Now each aspirate also is + for "staph" - is it MRSA & docs are evasive? Isn't MRSA just esbl staph
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: Colonizers?
The major question in trach cultures is always whether the organisms are causing illness.
Sputum cannot be sterilized and always has colonizing organisms, with staph being most commonly found; resistance patterns in colonizers is less important. Discomfort with this complexity may account for the perception that a doc is not giving a "straight" answer.

In brief: Colonizers?
The major question in trach cultures is always whether the organisms are causing illness.
Sputum cannot be sterilized and always has colonizing organisms, with staph being most commonly found; resistance patterns in colonizers is less important. Discomfort with this complexity may account for the perception that a doc is not giving a "straight" answer.
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