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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Jul;36(7):835-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.57. Epub 2015 Mar 17.

The limits of serial surveillance cultures in predicting clearance of colonization with carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae.

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1Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health,Department of Medicine,University of Virginia Health System,Charlottesville,Virginia.
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2Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine,Department of Medicine,University of Virginia Health System,Charlottesville,Virginia.
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3Office of Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Prevention & Control,University of Virginia Health System,Charlottesville,Virginia.

Abstract

An accepted practice for patients colonized with multidrug-resistant organisms is to discontinue contact precautions following 3 consecutive negative surveillance cultures. Our experience with surveillance cultures to detect persistent carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) colonization suggests that extrapolation of this practice to CPE-colonized patients may not be appropriate.

PMID:
25777261
DOI:
10.1017/ice.2015.57
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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