Detection of vancomycin-resistant enterococci colonization in a children's hospital

John C. Christenson, E. Kent Korgenski, Eileen Jenkins, Judy A. Daly

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Background: Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are important nosocomial pathogens in many hospitals. The true prevalence of VRE in pediatric hospitals is not known. Methods: A surveillance study was performed at a pediatric tertiary care medical center by using vancomycin-containing screening media. Results: Six children (of 112 screened) were found to be colonized with VRE. Colonized patients had a history of receiving broad- spectrum antimicrobial agents. Conclusion: In the absence of VRE infections, surveillance studies can help determine the extent of VRE colonization and support infection control measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-571
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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