1604. Use of MRSA Nasal Swab to guide empiric antibiotic treatment of hospital acquired or community acquired pneumonia in a pediatric population.
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Stewardship: Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship
Friday, October 6, 2017
Room: Poster Hall CD
Background: Current PIDS/IDSA guidelines recommend the use of MRSA empiric coverage in the case of hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) and in community acquired pneumonia (CAP) if patients have risk factors or clinical characteristics consistent with MRSA infection. Retrospective studies in adult patients have shown the MRSA PCR nasal swab to have a negative predictive value of 99% in patients treated for pneumonia in the inpatient setting, making the MRSA nasal swab a potential tool to guide de-escalation of empiric antibiotics. No published studies to date have examined the sensitivity and specificity of MRSA PCR nasal swab in pediatric populations

Methods: : A cohort of patients was identified by cross-matching internal physician and laboratory billing data from the past 10 years at IU hospitals in the Indianapolis area for pneumonia. An initial pool of 550 patients were identified. Patients less than 25 years of age were eligible. Patients were excluded if they had medical conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Lung Disease, or cavitary pneumonia seondary to IV drug use. Chart review identified a total of 28 patients that met diagnostic criteria for pneumonia, had culture data and had a MRSA PCR nasal swab performed during treatment.

Results: In the cohort, 5 patients had positive MRSA nasal swab and positive cultures for MRSA. Two patients had positive MRSA swab with negative cultures. Twenty one patients had negative MRSA nasal swabs and cultures without MRSA growth. No patients were identified with a negative MRSA nasal swab that grew MRSA in cultures. In this population the MRSA nasal swab had a sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 91%, positive predictive valve of 71%, and a negative predictive value of 100%. The patients with negative MRSA swab and negative cultures, 66% were treated with vancomycin. If MRSA nasal PCR was used to guide treatment, 71% of the patients with a negative nasal swab had potential to discontinue MRSA empiric antibiotics sooner.

Conclusion:The MRSA PCR nasal swab has a high negative predictive valve in this pediatric population of inpatients treated for HAP/CAP. This is consistent with results from adult studies. The high negative predictive valve makes the MRSA PCR nasal swab a potential tool as a rapid diagnostic test to guide empiric antibiotic therapy.

Daniel Linfesty, MD, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN and John Manaloor, MD, Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


D. Linfesty, None

J. Manaloor, None

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