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Emergence of Carbapenem resistance : A retrospective study in a tertiary care centre in North East India.


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)is “a global health security threat that requires action across government sectors and society as a whole” The World Health Organization (WHO)1. In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the excess direct healthcare costs due to AMR to be as high as $20 billion and additional lost for impacted less productivity is as high as $35 billion a year 2.

Aims and Objectives:

The aims and objectives of this study is to calculate incidence of carbapenem resistance in the hospital. This will help to roughly measure the risk currently hanging in this part of India. The other objective is to see the organism wise resistance pattern, which will help us in formulating a good policy to tackle the situation.


All positive isolates were taken into account from microbiology lab. Which includes both community and hospital acquired infections and all samples were included from respiratory tract, urine and blood.The isolates were screened for antimicrobial susceptibility testing by Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method on Mueller-Hinton agar (Hi-Media) and interpreted as per CLSI guidelines. The duration of sample collection is taken w.e.f. January 2017 to October 2018.


A total of 2219 positive isolates were taken in the study, of which 589 isolates were found to be Carbapenem (Meropenem) resistant (26.54%). The resistant pattern of various organisms is shown in below table.

Bacteria Meropenem Resistant Total Cases Percentage
Klebsiella 323 54.84%
Pseudomonas 108 18.34%
Acinetobactor 83 14.09%
E.Coli 60 10.19%
Proteus 10 1.7%
Enterobactor 2 0.34%
Burkholderia 2 0.34%
Citrobactor 1 0.17%
Total 589 100%


Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are defined as carbapenem-nonsusceptible Citrobacter freundiiEscherichia coliEnterobacter cloacae, or Klebsiella pneumoniae infections. A CRE prevalence rate of 12.26% was found in a study from mumbai3.However, a recent report based on the systematic literature obtained from the Asian countries, the resistance rate of imipenem and meropenem was reported as  0.2% and 0.5% in E. coli, and 1.9% and 2.4% in Klebsiella spp4. The resistance of e.coli and klebsiella was reported as 16.7% in a rural south India study 5. The carbapenem resistance as reported by Gupta et al in New Delhi 6 is also similar.


A significant level of carbapenem resistance (26.54%) is seen in this part of India. This is the highest in India at present as per available data. So this warrants more stringent antibiotic policy and other infection control measures in this part of India.


  1. Organization WH. Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveillance. 2014; http://wwwwhoint/drugre sistance/documents/surveillancereport/en/
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE THREATS in the United States, 2013. 2013; http://wwwcdcgov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/
  3. K. Nair, Pravin. (2013). Prevalence of carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae from a tertiary care hospital in Mumbai, India. Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 03. 207-210. 10.5799/ahinjs.02.2013.04.0110.
  4. Xu Y, Gu B, Huang M, Liu H, Xu T, Xia W, et al. Epidemiology of carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) during 2000-2012 in Asia. J Thorac Dis. 2015;7:376–85. [PMC free article][PubMed]
  5. Sekar R, Srivani S, Amudhan M, Mythreyee M. Carbapenem resistance in a rural part of southern India: Escherichia coli versus Klebsiella spp. Indian J Med Res. 2016;144(5):781-783.
  6. Gupta E, Mohanty S, Sood S, Dhawan B, Das BK, Kapil A. Emerging resistance to carbapenems in a tertiary care hospital in North India. Indian J Med Res. 2006;124:95–8. [PubMed]


Dr. Apurba Kumar Borah
Consultant and HOD, Department of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
Narayana Superspeciality Hospital,
Amingaon, Guwahati, Assam

Dr. Vicky Lahkar
Consultant Microbiologist
Narayana Superspeciality Hospital
Amingaon, Guwahati, Assam

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