Multidrug-resistant bacteria in child care centers


  • Virginia Soto Lesmes Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Arlen Patricia Gomez Ramirez
  • Martha Fabiola Rodríguez Universidad de La Salle
  • Yaneth Parrado Lozano Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Olga Gómez Ramírez


Palabras clave:

Environment, Bacteria, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Child, Child Day Care Centers.


Purpose:To describe the antibiotic resistance of isolated bacteria on the surfaces of child care centers. Methods:Swabs were used to sample the surfaces in 266 child care centers in Bogotá (Colombia). Bacterial characterization and susceptibility patterns were verified using a computerized system. Results:A total of 151 different bacteria were obtained, primarily in the kitchens (36%). Staphylococcuswas a frequent find, especially: S. hominis, S. saprophyticusand S. epidermidis;2.7% were resistant to methicillin. Klebsiella oxytocawas the most isolated bacteria in kitchens, with high resistance to antibiotics. Conclusion:This investigation shows the importance of identifying the bacteria present in different environments to which children are exposed to continuously supervise hygiene habits in child day care centers.

Biografía del autor/a

Virginia Soto Lesmes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Profesora asociada

Facultad de Enfermería

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Martha Fabiola Rodríguez, Universidad de La Salle

Profesora asistente

Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud

Universidad de La Salle




Cómo citar

Soto Lesmes, V., Gomez Ramirez, A. P., Rodríguez, M. F., Parrado Lozano, Y., & Gómez Ramírez, O. (2020). Multidrug-resistant bacteria in child care centers. Revista Científica Salud Uninorte, 36(3).



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