S Arakawa

Kobe University, Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Objective:To evaluate measures for preventing multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MDRP) in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) in spinal cord injury patients.Setting:Spinal Cord Injury Unit of Hyogo Prefectural Hyogo Prefectural Rehabilitation Center, Kobe, Japan.Methods:We defined MDRP as resistance to amikacin, imipenem and levofloxacin. We had eight cases of MDRP-causing CAUTI in hospitalized neurogenic bladder patients caused by spinal cord injury in 2 months. Pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was performed for epidemiological studies. We assessed prevention measures against MDRP emergence from the 2nd month, such as surveillance of CAUTI and infection control, and evaluated the outcomes of these measures over a total of 8 months.Results:Our PFGE results showed that these eight MDRP isolates could be considered as closely related strains. We concluded that this was an MDRP outbreak that was causing CAUTI. The isolated ratio of MDRP began to decrease over 4 months of surveillance and significantly decreased in the 4th quarter (7th and 8th months) compared with the 1st quarter (1st and 2nd months) (P=0.021) even though urinary tract device usage significantly increased over the same period (P<0.001).Conclusion:We experienced an outbreak of emergent MDRP causing CAUTI in neurogenic bladder patients with spinal cord injury. Our preventive measures for isolating the outbreak, including surveillance, may have led to the decrease we observed in the ratio of MDRP isolated.Spinal Cord advance online publication, 2 September 2014; doi:10.1038/sc.2014.154.
    Spinal cord. 09/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives To determine current epidemiology and treatment patterns of urogenital tuberculosis in Japan.MethodsA questionnaire was sent to the urological departments of 1203 Japanese hospitals. Clinical data was reviewed retrospectively; no time range was specified.ResultsOf the 1203 hospitals, 399 returned questionnaires with information about 355 urogenital tuberculosis patients. Of the 399, 153 institutions reported at least one patient, and 201 patients were identified between 2000 and 2007. Infections were located in the kidneys (n = 242), ureter (n = 96), bladder (n = 100), epididymis or testes (n = 81) and prostate (n = 9).Conclusions Urogenital tuberculosis is rare in Japan, but patients do exist, and we should not ignore them.
    International Journal of Urology 08/2014; · 1.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The methods for typing and epidemiological study for especially antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been issued but there are the debates regarding which method is best for this purpose. The purpose of this study is to investigate and apply a comparatively new technology, phage-open-reading frame typing (POT) and repetitive-sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR) using DiversiLab system and compare for the discrimination of major methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) lineages in epidemiological surveillance. We analyzed 47 representative MRSA stains isolated in Kobe University Hospital between January and December 2009. We performed MRSA typing using the POT kit and rep-PCR using the DiversiLab system. POT method classified all the MRSA strains into 35 clusters, whereas rep-PCR method typed all the MRSA strains in 10 kinds of clusters with a definition of 95% similarity. The discriminatory power and congruence between the methods were compared using the Simpson's index of diversity, adjusted Rand's and Wallace's coefficients. Our statistical analyses showed that the POT (POT 1-2-3 and POT 2-3) revealed a higher discriminatory power in the Simpson's index of diversity (SID; 0.969, range 0.939-1.000 and 0.967, range 0.935-0.998, respectively) for MRSA isolates than the rep-PCR (0.821 (0.767-0.876)). The adjusted Rand's and Wallace's coefficients did not show higher concordance among the methods. In conclusion, we demonstrated that the POT can perform accurate and reliable epidemiological surveillance studies for analyzing the genetic relatedness of MRSA strains.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 16 April 2014; doi:10.1038/ja.2014.41.
    The Journal of Antibiotics 04/2014; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although proper hand hygiene among health care workers is an important component of efforts to prevent health care-associated infection, there are few data available on adherence to hand hygiene practices in Japan. The aim of this study was to examine hand hygiene adherence at teaching hospitals in Japan. An observational study was conducted from July to November 2011 in 4 units (internal medicine, surgery, intensive care, and/or emergency department) in 4 geographically diverse hospitals (1 university hospital and 3 community teaching hospitals) in Japan. Hand hygiene practice before patient contact was assessed by an external observer. In a total of 3545 health care worker-patient observations, appropriate hand hygiene practice was performed in 677 (overall adherence, 19%; 95% confidence interval, 18%-20%). Subgroup rates of hand hygiene adherence were 15% among physicians and 23% among nurses. The ranges of adherence were 11% to 25% between hospitals and 11% to 31% between units. Adherence of the nurses and the physicians to hand hygiene was correlated within each hospital. There was a trend toward higher hand hygiene adherence in hospitals with infection control nurses, compared with hospitals without them (29% versus 16%). The hand hygiene adherence in Japanese teaching hospitals in our sample was low, even lower than reported mean values from other international studies. Greater adherence to hand hygiene should be encouraged in Japan.
    Journal of Patient Safety 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The increasing prevalence of resistant bacteria such as fluoroquinolone-resistant or extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing strains in pathogens causing acute uncomplicated cystitis has been of concern in Japan. Faropenem sodium is a penem antimicrobial that demonstrates a wide antimicrobial spectrum against both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. It is stable against a number of β-lactamases. We compared 3 and 7 day administration regimens of faropenem in a multicentre, randomized, open-label, controlled study. In total, 200 female patients with cystitis were enrolled and randomized into 3 day (N = 97) or 7 day (N = 103) treatment groups. At the first visit, 161 bacterial strains were isolated from 154 participants, and Escherichia coli accounted for 73.9% (119/161) of bacterial strains. At 5-9 days after the completion of treatment, 73 and 81 patients from the 3 day and 7 day groups, respectively, were evaluated by intention-to-treat analysis; the microbiological efficacies were 58.9% eradication (43/73), 20.5% persistence (15/73) and 8.2% replaced (6/73), and 66.7% eradication (54/81), 6.2% persistence (5/81) and 7.4% replaced (6/81), respectively (P = 0.048). The clinical efficacies were 76.7% (56/73) and 80.2% (65/81), respectively (P = 0.695). Adverse events due to faropenem were reported in 9.5% of participants (19/200), and the most common adverse event was diarrhoea. The 7 day regimen showed a superior rate of microbiological response. E. coli strains were in general susceptible to faropenem, including fluoroquinolone- and cephalosporin-resistant strains.
    Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 02/2014; · 5.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to investigate the risk factors and susceptibilities to antifungal agents of Candida albicans and Candida non-albicans species (spp.) in candidemia cases in Kobe University Hospital. We investigated all consecutive patients with candida bloodstream infection (BSI) from 2008-2013 for whose full data were available for analyses, examining clinical factors such as gender, general complications, postoperative status or susceptibilities to antifungal agents. These factors were also compared between Candida albicans spp. and Candida non-albicans by univariate and multivariate analyses. Univariate analyses showed a significantly higher rate of Candida non-albicans species BSI patients cancer (odds ratio (OR) (95% confidence interval (CI))=2.29 (1.04-5.06) and P=0.040), chemotherapy (OR=4.35 (1.11-17.1) and P=0.035), fluconazole (FLCZ) resistance (OR=77.3 (4.51-1324) and P=0.003), and itraconazole (ITCZ) resistance (OR=15.6 (5.39-45.1) and P<0.001) and lower rate of underlying cardiovascular diseases (OR=0.27 (0.09-0.80) and P=0.018) and postoperative status (OR=0.35 (0.16-0.77) and P=0.035) in than Candida albicans. Multivariate analyses demonstrated that Candida non-albicans spp. had significantly higher rate of chemotherapy (OR=4.44 (1.04-19.0) and P=0.045), FLCZ resistance (OR=5.87 (2.01-17.1) and P=0.001), and ITCZ resistance (OR=18.7(5.77-60.4) and P<0.001) and lower rate of underlying cardiovascular diseases (OR=0.25 (0.08-0.82) and P=0.022) than Candida albicans. In conclusion, this study revealed several risk factors for BSI with Candida albicans (underlying cardiovascular diseases and postoperative status) and Candida non-albicans spp. (cancer and chemotherapy), and demonstrated that Candida non-albicans spp. were more resistant to FLCZ and ITCZ than Candida albicans.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 15 January 2014; doi:10.1038/ja.2013.141.
    The Journal of Antibiotics 01/2014; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is a common clinic problem. The purpose of this study was to investigate recent trends in CAUTI in neurogenic bladder patients focusing on extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Escherichia coli. Methods Isolates from the urine of neurogenic bladder patients with UTI were investigated. Nine strains of ESBL-producing E coli were assayed by molecular strain typing using the Diversilab system for repetitive-sequence-based polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR). Results E coli accounted for most of the bacteria (74.1% to 81.0%) that produced ESBLs. Rep-PCR data showed that 7 out of 9 ESBL-producing E coli belonged to the same typing group with high similarity (more than 97% similarity) and that this distribution corresponded with antibiotic resistance patterns. Conclusion ESBL producing E coli strains isolated from CAUTI patients could be discriminated by rep-PCR typing using the Diversilab system in consistent with antibiotic resistance patterns.
    American journal of infection control 01/2014; 42(3):e29–e31. · 3.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the clinical effectiveness and safety of tazobactam/piperacillin (TAZ/PIPC) in a 1:8 ratio, a β-lactamase inhibitor with penicillin antibiotic, for the prevention of febrile infectious complication after prostate biopsy. Each patient received a single dose of TAZ/PIPC 4.5 g, 30 min before the biopsy in Group 1 or TAZ/PIPC 4.5 g twice, once 30 min before and once after the biopsy (just before discharge or 5 h after the biopsy), in Group 2. Estimation of efficacy was performed within 1-month after prostate biopsy. Clinical diagnosis of febrile infectious complication was based on a body temperature elevation greater than 38 °C. Infectious complication after prostate biopsy was detected in 2.5% (4/160 patients) in Group 1 and in 0.45% (2/442 patients) in Group 2. All of the patients with febrile infectious complication had risk factors: 5 patients had voiding disturbance, 2 patients had diabetes mellitus and 1 patient had steroid dosing. In group 1, 88 patients had at least one risk factor and 72 patients had no risk factors. Of the patients with a risk factor, 4 had febrile infectious complication after prostate biopsy, but there was no significant difference between the two groups. In group 2, 87 patients had at least one risk factor and 255 patients had no risk factors. The patients with a risk factor had febrile infectious complication significantly more frequently than did patients without a risk factor (P = 0.038). Therefore, TAZ/PIPC appears to be effective as preoperative prophylaxis against the occurrence of febrile infectious complication after prostate biopsy.
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    ABSTRACT: We retrospectively investigated the incidence of genitourinary tract infection in 5895 patients who underwent transrectal and/or transperineal prostate biopsy procedure between January and December 2011 at 46 institutions belonging to Japanese Research Group for Urinary Tract Infection (JRGU). The total rate of genitourinary tract infection after prostate biopsy was 0.76%, while that following transrectal procedure was 0.83% and following transperineal procedure was 0.57%, which were not significantly different. In contrast, febrile infection associated with a fever (≥38 °C) occurred significantly more frequently after transrectal (0.71%) than transperineal (0.16%) approach (P = 0.04). Notably, in infectious cases, Escherichia coli was most frequently isolated. Of the 9 E. coli strains isolated by urine culture, 6 (66.7%) produced extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) and 7 (77.8%) showed levofloxacin resistance. Similarly, of 6 E. coli strains isolated by blood culture, 4 (66.7%) produced ESBL and 6 (100%) showed levofloxacin resistance. When the efficacy of antimicrobial prophylaxis (AMP) with levofloxacin for the patients undergoing transrectal or transperineal biopsy was compared between a single dose (500 mg) and that given for 2 or more days, no significant difference was observed for the rate of infection (transrectal: 0.82% vs. 1.04%, p = 0.94; transperineal: 0.30% vs. 0.46%, p = 0.68). Although a single dose of levofloxacin for AMP is sufficient to prevent genitourinary infection after transrectal or transperineal prostate biopsy, and recommended in this era of increased multi-drug resistant pathogens, the increase in fluoroquinolone-resistant E. coli and ESBL-producing E. coli has emerged as a profound problem for surveillance.
    Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 12/2013; · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report the epidemiological investigation of a nosocomial pneumonia case due to Legionella pneumophila linked to a contaminated hospital cooling tower in an immune-compromised patient. A 73-year-old female patient was diagnosed with nosocomial Legionella pneumonia proven by a culture of L. pneumophila serogroup 1 from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Two strains isolated from the patient and two strains isolated from two cooling towers were found to be identical using repetitive-sequence-based-PCR with a 95% probability. This Legionella pneumonia case might be caused by aerosol from cooling towers on the roof of the hospital building which was contaminated by L. pneumophila. We increased up the temperature of hot water supply appropriately for prevention of Legionella breeding in an environment of patients' living. On the other hand, as the maintenance of cooling tower, we increased the frequency of Legionella culture tests from twice a year to three times a year. In addition, we introduced an automated disinfectants insertion machine and added one antiseptic reagent (BALSTER ST-40 N, Tohzai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan) after this Legionella disease, and thereafter, we have no additional cases of Legionella disease or detection of Legionella spp. from the cooling tower or hot water supply. This case demonstrates the importance of detecting the infection source and carrying out environmental maintenance in cooperation with the infection control team.
    Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 12/2013; · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to investigate the prevalence of postoperative bacteriuria, pyuria and urine culture in patients with an orthotopic sigmoid colon neobladder replacement. Urine samples for bacteriuria, pyuria and urine culture, if necessary, were collected at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after surgery and the presence of blood culture and antibiotic-resistant strains, and their treatments on positive urine culture cases were investigated. Of 209 for bacteriuria and 207 for pyuria urine samples with evaluable data, 95 (45.5%) were positive for bacteriuria and 76 (36.7%) had pyuria (10 or more white blood cells per high-power field). Totally, 30 bacteria were isolated from urine culture of urinary tract infection (UTI) and Klebisiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcos aureus and Enterococcus spp. strains were representatively isolated. The incidence of pyuria significantly decreased over time (P=0.041) but that of bacteriuria did not (P=0.107). In them, there were six bacteria (20.7%) with antibiotic-resistant strains. The antibiotics used for their treatments representatively were levofloxacin in five cases, tazobactam/piperacillin in three cases and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim and cefepime, meropenem in two cases, respectively. In conclusion, these findings suggest that physicians taking care of sigmoid colon neobladder patients need to be aware of these high ratios of bacteriuria, pyuria and UTI, including bacteremia.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 30 October 2013; doi:10.1038/ja.2013.107.
    The Journal of Antibiotics 10/2013; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To survey the present condition of administration method of the antimicrobial prophylactic (AMP) agents for the perioperative infection in Japan on revising "The Japanese guidelines for prevention of perioperative infections in urologic field (2006)". With the approval of the Japanese Urological Association (JUA) in 2011, all of the principal urological training institutions certified by JUA (n = 836) were encouraged to participate to survey their adherence to the JUA guidelines (published in 2006) for AMP to prevent perioperative infection in urological field, and 446 (53.3%) institutions responded to the questionnaire. The rates of following the JUA guidelines of, "completely", "mainly", "not too much", and "not at all" were 6.5%, 69.7%, 22.0% and 1.6%, respectively. The guidelines were followed for open clean operations in 48.5%, open clean-contaminated operations in 66.4%, open contaminated operations in 61.8%, laparoscopic clean operations in 54.1%, laparoscopic clean-contaminated operations in 61.2%, transurethral resection of bladder tumor in 71.5%, transurethral resection of prostate in 68.9%, ureteroscopy and transurethral ureterolithotomy in 68.2%, prostate biopsy in 43.2%, and cystoscopy were in 42.2%, respectively. However, in terms of duration of AMP administration, the longer duration than those recommended by the guidelines were observed for clean surgery, transurethral resection of bladder tumor, ureteroscopy and transurethral ureterolithotomy, prostate biopsy, and cystoscopy. In terms of kinds of AMP, the guidelines were almostly followed in all operative procedures. However, the duration of AMP administration were longer than those recommended by the guidelines. On revision of "Japanese guidelines for prevention of perioperative infections in urologic field (2006)", these data would be taken into consideration to avoid dissociation between the guidelines and the practical side in the urologists.
    Nippon Hinyōkika Gakkai zasshi. The japanese journal of urology 07/2013; 104(4):579-88.
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    ABSTRACT: Neisseria gonorrhoeae is one of the most important pathogens causing sexually transmitted infection, and strains that are resistant to several antimicrobials are increasing. To investigate the trends of antimicrobial susceptibility among N. gonorrhoeae strains isolated from male patients with urethritis, a Japanese surveillance committee conducted the first nationwide surveillance. The urethral discharge was collected from male patients with urethritis at 51 medical facilities from April 2009 to October 2010. Of the 156 specimens, 83 N. gonorrhoeae strains were tested for susceptibility to 18 antimicrobial agents. The prevalence of β-lactamase-producing strains and chromosomally mediated resistant strains were 7.2 % and 16.5 %, respectively. None of the strains was resistant to ceftriaxone, but the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of ceftriaxone for 7 strains (8.4 %) was 0.125 μg/ml. One strain was resistant to cefixime (MIC 0.5 μg/ml). The MICs of fluoroquinolones, such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, and tosufloxacin, showed a bimodal distribution. The MIC of sitafloxacin was lower than those of the three fluoroquinolones listed here, and it was found that the antimicrobial activity of sitafloxacin was stronger than that of the fluoroquinolones. The MIC of azithromycin in 2 strains was 2 μg/ml, but no high-level resistance to macrolides was detected.
    Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 06/2013; · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to review Candida isolation from urine of urinary tract infection (UTI) patients over the recent 3 years at the Kobe University Hospital. We recorded the type of strain, the department where the patient was treated such as the intensive care unit (ICU), and combined isolation of Candida with other microorganisms. We investigated Candida isolation and susceptibilities to antifungal agents and analyzed the risk factors for combined isolation with other microorganisms. The most frequently isolated Candida was Candida albicans, which showed good (100%) susceptibilities to 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) and fluconazole (FLCZ) but not to voriconazole (VRCZ), followed by C. glabrata. ICU was the greatest source of Candida-positive samples, and the most relevant underlying diseases of ICU patients were pneumonia followed by renal failure and post liver transplantation status. Combined isolation with other bacteria was seen in 27 cases (42.9%) in 2009, 25 (33.3%) in 2010 and 31 (31.3%) in 2011 and comparatively often seen in non-ICU patients. Other candidas than C. albicans showed significantly decreased susceptibility to FLCZ over these 3 years (P=0.004). One hundred (97.1%) of 103 ICU cases were given antibiotics at the time of Candida isolation, and the most often used antibiotics were cefazolin or meropenem. In conclusion, C. albicans was representatively isolated in Candida UTI and showed good susceptibilities to 5-FC, FLCZ and VRCZ, but other candidas than C. albicans showed significantly decreased susceptibility to FLCZ in the change of these 3 years.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 26 June 2013; doi:10.1038/ja.2013.68.
    The Journal of Antibiotics 06/2013; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) has been rapidly adapted worldwide. The purpose of this study was to investigate postoperative infection (POI) after RALP and compare it with that after open radical prostatectomy (ORP). Methods: 89 consecutive RALP cases and 105 recent ORP cases were enrolled. POIs were categorized according to CDC guideline criteria. Laboratory data relating to infection such as serum white blood cells (WBC) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were comparatively investigated before and after the surgeries. Data were collected and analyzed retrospectively. Results: There was one surgical site infection patient in the RALP cases (1/89, 1.12%). ORP cases had a comparatively higher ratio of POI (6/105, 4.77%), but the difference did not reach statistical significance (p = 0.0876). The postoperative rise of serum WBC (postoperative days 1 and 4) and CRP (postoperative days 1, 4 and 7) was significantly suppressed from pre-surgery data in RALP when compared to ORP. Conclusions: RALP tended to have a lower rate of POI than ORP even though this change was not statistically significant and the postoperative rise of serum WBC and CRP was significantly suppressed in RALP compared to ORP. A prospective study with a standardized prophylactic antibiotic administration may be necessary for further evaluation of potential guidelines for RALP.
    Urologia Internationalis 06/2013; · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To propose an appropriate prophylactic antimicrobial therapy for patients undergoing brachytherapy, we evaluated the relationships between various antimicrobial prophylaxis (AMP) protocols and the incidence of postimplant infections in a multicenter cohort study conducted in Japan. The records of 826 patients with localized prostate cancer who underwent a transperineal (125)I brachytherapy procedure between January 2009 and December 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Perioperative infections, including surgical site and remote infections, were recorded up to postoperative day 30. A total of 6 (0.73 %) patients had a perioperative infection following seed implantation, of whom all received AMP for 1 or more days. None of the patients who received a single-dose protocol of AMP using fluoroquinolone p.o. or penicillin with a beta-lactamase inhibitor i.v. developed a perioperative infection. Statistical analysis showed that a single-dose protocol was more significantly related to a lower risk of perioperative infection as compared to the other AMP protocols examined (p = 0.045). Furthermore, our results indicated that bacteriuria and preoperative hair removal were risk factors of perioperative infection with statistical significance (p = 0.007, p = 0.004). Analysis of patient clinical parameters, including age, American Society of Anesthesiologists score, diabetes mellitus, prostate volume, numbers of implanted seeds and needle punctures, operation time, and indwelling duration time of the Foley catheter, did not reveal significant differences in terms of perioperative infection. Our results indicated that a single-dose AMP protocol is sufficient to prevent perioperative infections following seed implantation. On the other hand, AMP is only one of several measures to prevent perioperative infectious complications. It is necessary to know that the patient must have no bacteriuria and that preoperative hair removal should be avoided.
    Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 05/2013; · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Japanese surveillance committee conducted the first nationwide surveillance of antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of uropathogens responsible for female acute uncomplicated cystitis at 43 hospitals throughout Japan from April 2009 to November 2010. In this study, the causative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus saprophyticus) and their susceptibility to various antimicrobial agents were investigated by isolation and culturing of bacteria from urine samples. In total, 387 strains were isolated from 461 patients, including E. coli (n = 301, 77.8 %), S. saprophyticus (n = 20, 5.2 %), Klebsiella pneumoniae (n = 13, 3.4 %), and Enterococcus faecalis (n = 11, 2.8 %). S. saprophyticus was significantly more common in premenopausal women (P = 0.00095). The minimum inhibitory concentrations of 19 antibacterial agents used for these strains were determined according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute manual. At least 87 % of E. coli isolates showed susceptibility to fluoroquinolones and cephalosporins, and 100 % of S. saprophyticus isolates showed susceptibility to fluoroquinolones and aminoglycosides. The proportions of fluoroquinolone-resistant E. coli strains and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing E. coli strains were 13.3 % and 4.7 %, respectively. It is important to confirm the susceptibility of causative bacteria for optimal antimicrobial therapy, and empiric antimicrobial agents should be selected by considering patient characteristics and other factors. However, the number of isolates of fluoroquinolone-resistant or ESBL-producing strains in gram-negative bacilli may be increasing in patients with urinary tract infections (UTIs) in Japan. Therefore, these data present important information for the proper treatment of UTIs and will serve as a useful reference for future surveillance studies.
    Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 05/2013; · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The hospital infection control team (ICT) has a major role in suppressing or preventing infectious diseases. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the work of the ICT had affected the antibiograms at the Kobe University Hospital in the past 3 years. The ICT's works are as follows: (1) to monitor whether physicians are instructed in the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics; (2) to check whether measures for preventing the occurrence or spread of infectious disease are performed along with appropriate standard precautions; (3) to provide rapid communication with physicians in bacteremia cases and (4) reporting the antibiograms in the hospital. In addition, we investigated changes in the antibiograms every 6 months based on all materials. There were 193 physician interventions in 2010 and 491 in 2011. The representative isolated bacteria included no additional bacteria with lower susceptibilities found over the past 1.5 years compared with the initial 1.5 years in the 3-year investigation period. The ratio for performing two sets of blood culture tests in all blood culture tests showed an upward tendency from 58.1% in 2009 to 71.1% in 2010 and 80.3% in 2011 (r=0.995, P=0.063, b=0.089). In conclusion, since the introduction of an expanded ICT role, our data showed an increased antibiotic susceptibilities in bacteria such as Enteroccus faecalis and the total amount of hand disinfectant agents tended to increase year by year, even though direct statistical analyses could not easily be performed. Further observation may be necessary for a definitive evaluation of ICT activities.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 1 May 2013; doi:10.1038/ja.2013.36.
    The Journal of Antibiotics 05/2013; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to examine the use of anti-methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) drugs, such as vancomycin (VCM), teicoplanin (TEIC), arbekasin (ABK) and linezolid (LZD), and the antibiotic susceptibilities of MRSAs in Kobe University Hospital. We investigated MRSA isolation and use of anti-MRSA drugs and susceptibilities of MRSA, using linear regression analysis, from 2007 to 2011, and checked for correlation between the use of these drug and the antibiotic susceptibilities of MRSA. The overall monthly isolation rates of MRSA decreased from a mean of 84.8% in 2007 to 70.0% in 2011 (r=0.946, P=0.015, b=-0.220), and the monthly isolation rate of MRSA in inpatients decreased from a mean of 78.6% in 2007 to 57.7% in 2011 (r=0.952, P=0.012, b=-0.160). From 2007 to 2011, VCM consumption significantly increased (r=0.916, P=0.029, b=0.055), whereas TEIC and LZD use remained stable during the study period. In addition, ABK use significantly decreased from 23.8 defined daily dose (DDD) per 1000 patient-days in 2007 to 5.2 DDD per 1000 in 2011 (r=0.902, P=0.036, b=-0.216). Susceptibility rates of MRSA were almost 100% to TEIC and VCM. The rates of MRSA to ABK and LZD significantly increased (r=0.959, P=0.010, b=2.137 for ABK and r=0.933, P=0.020, b=3.111 for LZD). In conclusion, our findings indicated a decreased MRSA isolation rate and the effective use of anti-MRSA drugs (VCM, TEIC, ABK and LZD), and improved susceptibility rates to anti-MRSA drugs, suggesting the possibilities that appropriate and early use of anti-MRSA drugs may cause the decrease of MRSA isolation.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 27 March 2013; doi:10.1038/ja.2013.14.
    The Journal of Antibiotics 03/2013; · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 65-year-old man with diabetes mellitus (DM) presented with an indwelling urethral catheter placed for urinary retention by his previous doctor. Thereafter, he had fever, vomiting and general fatigue. His blood examination showed severe inflammatory findings. He was diagnosed with acute prostatitis and immediately admitted to our hospital. Pelvic computerized tomography (CT) showed a prostate abscess. We performed transrectal ultrasonographic-guided puncture of the prostate abscess for drainage and blood culture was tested. Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) was cultured from the puncture fluid and blood. We administered antibiotics with strict control of DM. After the prostate abscess improved and the urethral catheter was removed, the patient was systematically examined for potential sepsis-related disease caused by MSSA septic infection. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head indicated multiple cerebral infarction, abdominal CT indicated splenetic infarction, ultrasonography of the heart indicated vegetation on the mitral valve and aortic valve, and chest X-ray indicated pulmonary congestion. Furthermore, MRI of the lumbar spine showed a high intensity lesion at the 4th and 5th lumbar spine, indicating pyogenic spondylitis. We diagnosed prostate abscess with sepsis, infectious endocarditis, congestive heart failure and pyogenic spondylitis. Aortic valve replacement, mitral annuloplasty, tricuspid valvuloplasty and ovale hole closure surgeries were performed to treat these conditions.
    Hinyokika kiyo. Acta urologica Japonica 10/2012; 58(10):565-8.

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  • 1987–2014
    • Kobe University
      • • Division of Urology
      • • Faculty of Medicine
      Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan
    • Kyorin University
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2013
    • Hyogo College of Medicine
      • Department of Urology
      Nishinomiya, Hyogo-ken, Japan
  • 2012
    • Sapporo Medical University
      • Division of Urology
      Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • 2007–2012
    • University of Occupational and Environmental Health
      • Department of Urology
      Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2011
    • Saitama Medical University
      • Department of Urology
      Saitama, Saitama-ken, Japan
  • 2010–2011
    • Gifu University
      • Department of Urology
      Gihu, Gifu, Japan
  • 2009
    • Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
      • Department of Clinical Veterinary Science
      Obibiro, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • 2004–2009
    • Kyoto University
      • Department of Urology
      Kyoto, Kyoto-fu, Japan
  • 2006–2008
    • Nishiwaki Municipal Hospital
      Нишиваки, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 2002–2005
    • Kobe Medical Center
      Kōbe, Hyōgo, Japan
  • 1996
    • Hyogo Prefectural Kakogawa Medical Center
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
  • 1993
    • Yodogawa Christian Hospital
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan