Had great fun listening to medical students (Group 6) from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine presenting on their Community Health Project (CHP) this morning. Naturally I felt that their project was the most important of all the ones done this year.
Their findings on community carriage of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) was surprising, and should hopefully be confirmed via other similar studies. The last similar study locally – albeit in an emergency department setting – was conducted 10 years ago. That study found that 12.4% of 1,006 subjects recruited from TTSH emergency department were ESBL-E carriers, including 6.3% of the subpopulation of 95 with no history of healthcare contact. I had thought those rates were very high then.
I hope that this CHP will be formally published in an academic journal very soon. It is certainly an impressive study, with a lot of thought and hard work put in.