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Predicting Clearance of Colonization with Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Use of Weekly Surveillance Cultures▿

By Charmaine M. Huckabee, W. Charles Huskins and Patrick R. Murray


We analyzed surveillance cultures for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) collected during a multicenter trial to determine if three negative cultures collected at weekly intervals would predict clearance of VRE or MRSA from colonized patients. Seventy-two percent of VRE-colonized patients and 94% of MRSA-colonized patients were culture negative after three consecutive negative cultures

Topics: Bacteriology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
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