To the Editor: Vancomycin-resistant enterococci
(VRE) often contaminate environmental surfaces in the rooms of colonized patients,1 but the frequency of transfer from such surfaces
to hands is not known. We tested the hypothesis that contact with contaminated
surfaces would result in transfer of VRE to gloved hands and examined the
potential role of disinfection of surfaces as a means to decrease transmission
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Cultures from the rooms of 8 patients with VRE were obtained from
days 1 through 7; 6 patients had follow-up cultures on days 18 through 20.
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