The Incidence Of Candiduria In An ICU – A Study 227-230
Dr Seema Bose
Professor of Microbiology
Rural Medical College
Loni-BK, Ahmednagar – 413736 (MS)
Due to the increased use of indwelling drainage devices, the incidence of candiduria has been increasing steadily. Candida isolates from the urine of catheterised patients were identified by the germ tube test, by chlamydospore formation on corn meal agar and by the sugar fermentation test. Simultaneously, the identification of the candida isolates was performed by using CHROM agar candida medium and Hi candida identification kit. Out of 59 urethral catheterized patients, 21 (35.59%) were positive for the growth of yeasts. Candida albicans was the commonest isolate, followed by Candida dubliniensis, Candida glabrata, Candida tropicalis and Candida parapsilosis. The rate of infection was directly proportional to the number of days during which the catheter was present in a patient.