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Rate of nosocomial transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from isolated patients.
journal contributionposted on 2004-08-01, 00:00 authored by A C Cheng, G Harrington, Philip RussoPhilip Russo, L Liolios, D Spelman
To evaluate an isolation policy for patients colonised with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), we instituted active surveillance for transmission to uncolonised patients. Surveillance rectal swabs were taken and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis was performed on positive isolates. VRE transmission with an identical genotype occurred in 5 patients, giving a transmission rate of 3.7 per 1000 patient days, or 1 patient per ward each week. The present study provides a baseline for -assessment of VRE transmission and will be useful in evaluation of the effectiveness of infection control interventions.
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Pagination510 - 512
Publication classificationCN.1 Other journal article
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Cross InfectionDisease Transmission, InfectiousEnterococcusGram-Positive Bacterial InfectionsHospitals, UniversityHumansIncidenceInfection ControlPopulation SurveillanceProgram EvaluationVancomycin ResistanceScience & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicineMedicine, General & InternalGeneral & Internal Medicinedisease transmissionRISK-FACTORSCOLONIZATIONUNITS