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

A. C. Cheng, Glenda Harrington, P. Russo, Lisa L Liolios, D. Spelman

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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
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross infection
  • Disease transmission
  • Enterococcus
  • Infection control
  • Vancomycin resistance

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