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Rate of nosocomial transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from isolated patients

Cheng, Allen C., Harrington, Glenda, Russo, P., Liolios, L. and Spelman, D. (2004). Rate of nosocomial transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from isolated patients. Internal Medicine Journal,34(8):510-512.

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Title Rate of nosocomial transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from isolated patients
Author Cheng, Allen C.
Harrington, Glenda
Russo, P.
Liolios, L.
Spelman, D.
Journal Name Internal Medicine Journal
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 8
ISSN 1444-0903   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 510
End Page 512
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
HERDC Category C2 - Journal Article - Other contributions to refereed journal (internal)
Abstract 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 evalu-ation of the effectiveness of infection control interventions.
Keywords infection control
cross infection
vancomycin resistance
Enterococcus
disease transmission
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1444-0903.2004.00666.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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