Environmental Contamination with Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in an Outpatient Setting

Theresa L. Smith, Peter Charles Iwen, Susan B. Olson, Mark Edmund Rupp

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Abstract

Eleven cancer patients colonized with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) were followed as outpatients. Environmental cultures were obtained from clinic rooms before and after patient care. Environmental contamination occurred in 29% of encounters. Superficial disinfection did not eradicate contamination, although more thorough cleaning did. We conclude that environmental VRE contamination occurs in the outpatient setting. Infection control practices, similar to those used in the inpatient setting, may be necessary for outpatient clinics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-518
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1998

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Outpatients
Disinfection
Infection Control
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Inpatients
Patient Care
Neoplasms
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci

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  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Environmental Contamination with Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in an Outpatient Setting. / Smith, Theresa L.; Iwen, Peter Charles; Olson, Susan B.; Rupp, Mark Edmund.

In: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 19, No. 7, 07.1998, p. 515-518.

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