Last updated on February 2018

Feasibility Studies to Inform Novel Proposals to Avert Community-Based Antimicrobial Resistance Spread


Brief description of study

There are many bacteria that naturally live in our gut and are essential for good health. These bacteria have a variety of helpful functions, such as aiding digestion, synthesizing vitamins, repressing the growth of harmful bacteria and defending against some diseases. The desirable bacteria that live in the gut are collectively known as 'gut flora', or more appropriately, as 'gut microbiota'.

The less desirable resistant bacteria, however, can also be carried in a person's gut for prolonged periods of time and be found in the stools without causing illness. Persons that carry the resistant bacteria in the gut are known as "carriers" and they require no treatment. Knowing that a person carries resistant bacteria is helpful, because it will inform the choice of antibiotic if the person were to become unwell or had an intervention such as surgery in the future.

There is some evidence that resistant bacteria found in the stools can sometimes be passed from one person to another and eventually make someone ill if they infect (invade) their body. The investigators do not know how often this may happen, or how much carrying resistant bacteria in the stools may facilitate the spread of resistant bacteria in the population. It is important to address these questions and study ways to stop the resistant bacteria from spreading to safeguard the efficacy of antibiotics.

Detailed Study Description

  1. Study A. Mapping of resistant gram negative bacteria (RGNB) in the community: Based on RGNB clinical isolates as a proxy for gut colonising RGNB and residential Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) data retrieved from laboratory information systems of a hospital cohort, to describe the geographical distribution of RGNB in South East London in relation to demographic, cultural and socioeconomic indicators and to investigate whether geographical clustering of resistance, compatible with the occurrence of community based transmission hotspots, occurs in our local community.
  2. Study B. Tracking gut colonisation with carbapenem resistant Klebsiella spp. or Klebsiella spp. resistant to third generation cephalosporins (3GC), herein referred to as 'Resistant Klebsiella' (RK):

To investigate the duration of gut colonisation with Klebsiella spp. in a small cohort of discharged hospital patients with resistance to the carbapenems (eg. meropenem), defined by presence of either blaKPC, blaNDM, blaIMP , blaVIM or blaOXA48 genes, or Klebsiella spp. with resistance to the 3GC (eg. ceftazidime), defined by presence of blaCTX_M or AmpC lactamase genes. To determine the occurrence of participant to participant RK transmission events within a household, in relation to gut bacterial load and the gut microbiota profile. To characterise over time, the gut microbiota profile of participants colonised with RK as compared to participants who only carry antibiotic susceptible enterobacteria in the gut. It is beyond the scope of our feasibility study to enrol a sample of persons that is representative of the wider population, or to account for sample size and power calculations that would allow for characterisation of statistically meaningful associations.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02666274

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