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A comparison of environmental contamination by patients infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resistant enterococci: a multicenter study

A total of 1,023 environmental surfaces were sampled from 45 rooms with patients infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) before terminal room cleaning. Colonized patients had higher median total target colony-forming units (CFU) of MRSA or VRE than did infected patients (median, 25 CFU [interquartile range, 0–106 CFU] vs 0 CFU [interquartile range, 0–29 CFU]; P = .033).

Author: Knelson LP, Williams DA, Gergen MF, Rutala WA, Weber DJ, Sexton DJ, Anderson DJ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epicenters Program

Citation: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jul;35(7):872-5. doi: 10.1086/676861. Epub 2014 May 7.

Published: 18/07/2014

Publisher: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology