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

A CHENG, Glenda Harrington, P Russo, L Liolios, D Spelman

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    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 evaluation of the effectiveness of infection control interventions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)510-512
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternal Medicine Journal
    Volume34
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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    CHENG, A., Harrington, G., Russo, P., Liolios, L., & Spelman, D. (2004). Rate of nosocomial transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci from isolated patients. Internal Medicine Journal, 34(8), 510-512.