The CDC’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (November 16-22, 2015) is about us. To do our part, we bloggers are using this (and hopefully other) posts to “Highlight Get Smart Week up~ your website” as CDC suggested in the manner that an Activity Idea. Of course, the point in dispute with getting smart about antibiotics is that it’s in reality complicated. Sure, reducing unnecessary antibiotic conversion to an act (e.g. don’t treat viruses) seems mere, but the toolkits necessary to subsidize primary care physicians aren’t over and above fully developed (e.g. improved swift diagnostics). And don’t even account about inpatient stewardship. I’ve now to see antibiotic selection guided ~ dint of. the existence of bacterial multidrug efflux pumps, for example, but hopefully that’s approach too. This is not meant to have ~ing discouraging, it’s just to rehearse that we have a long track ahead and we must keep pushing brazen with stewardship-focused basic science studies and clinical trials including implementation system of knowledge.
With all that in mind, I came across what appears to be an material paper in the November 15 effect of JID by Brittany Lewis and colleagues at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. The authors asked a fairly inartificial question – what happens to gut vegetation when it’s treated with C. difficile peculiar therapies and how does antibiotic choice alter colonization resistance to C. difficile, VRE, CRE and E. coli challenges. The authors designed their study around a typical antimicrobial stewardship question: should we entertainment C. difficile infection (CDI) with metronidazole, vancomycin or the one and the other?
Using a mouse model (9 mice per treatment-time point), each was treated despite 3 days with metronidazole, vancomycin or one as well as the other. Fecal samples were then tested toward bacterial population diversity (16s sequencing) and sensitiveness to C. difficile spore inoculation at 1, 3, 7, 14 and 21 days. As you be able to see in the figure below, ~ly metronidazole-treated mice could not shore up C. difficile growth (red circles) about seven days, while many who current vanco or vanco+metro remained impressible to infection out to 3 weeks. At 7 days and 14 days, 11% and 0% of metronidazole-treated mice were susceptive, respectively. In those treated with vanco, 89% were impressible at day 3 and 100% were susceptible at day 7. This suggests that vancomycin force increase risk for recurrent infection compared to metronidazole.
Given those tools and materials, it is not surprising that mice treated by metronidazole alone maintained a relatively constant microbiota (See figure below – click to expatiate), which could explain their reduced susceptibility to C. difficile. Among those treated through vanco or vanco+metro, mice through higher levels of disrupted microbial communities were inferior able to suppress C. difficile produce.
Perhaps more importantly in our contend against antibacterial resistance, a second intention of their study (see figure in the world of the departed) found that mice treated with vancomycin (minion circles) were far more susceptible to VRE, carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae and E. coli than metronidazole (negro circles) or untreated mice (open circles) during at least two weeks post therapy.
In syllabus, in this sophisticated mouse model, exposing. to oral vancomycin was associated by higher risk of C. difficile, a prolonged very much disrupted microbiota and an elevated peril of VRE, CRKP and E. coli colonization compared to those treated by metronidazole alone. There seems to exist an increased push to treat CDI patients by oral vancomycin, but given these findings, one wonders if increased utilization of PO vancomycin force be right for an individual passive (although there maybe higher recurrence), end wrong for society with increased emergence of VRE, CRKP and other pathogens. After reviewing this study, I’m sure a bit smarter about antibiotics, yet unsure of how to treat patients through CDI…and so it goes.
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