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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2002 Aug;23(8):466-8.

Prevalence and acquisition of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in a medical intensive care unit.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

Patients admitted to a medical intensive care unit during 21 days had rectal and urine samples cultured for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The prevalence rate was 55.3%. Only enteral feedings were associated with acquisition of VRE. One-quarter of VRE transmission resulted from acquisition in the study unit, 35% arrived from other units, and 15% from other hospitals.

PMID:
12186214
DOI:
10.1086/502087
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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