Vancomycin resistant enterococcus in geriatric hospitals and long term care facilities: Implications for practitioners

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Abstract

Bacterial resistance to antibacterial agents is a growing problem in geriatric institutions. Australian data on Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) in geriatric hospitals and Long Term Care Facilities are scanty and there is limited evidence that could inform development of guidelines for VRE prevention and control. The management of patients with VRE in a new purpose-built geriatric hospital is described. The cases demonstrate some of the practical problems posed by VRE including difficulties in interpreting the infection control guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes

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