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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Aug;30(8):786-9. doi: 10.1086/598345.

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci in long-term care facilities.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. benenson@hadassah.org.il

Abstract

Knowledge of the prevalence rates and associated risk markers of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) colonization among long-term care facility (LTCF) residents could be used to improve screening policies among newly admitted hospital inpatients. In a cross-sectional survey among 1,215 residents of LTCFs in Jerusalem, the VRE carriage rate was 9.6%. Previous hospitalization and antibiotic treatment were associated with elevated VRE colonization rate. In contrast, moderate and severe levels of dependency and prolonged stay in an LTCF were associated with a decrease in the VRE colonization rate.

PMID:
19591581
DOI:
10.1086/598345
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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