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Nosocomial Transmission of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci From Surfaces

Amy J. Ray, MD; Claudia K. Hoyen, MD; Trina F. Taub, RN; Elizabeth C. Eckstein, RN; Curtis J. Donskey, MD
JAMA. 2002;287(11):1400-1401. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1395.
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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 of VRE.

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Figure. Effect of Daily Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces on Environmental and Hand Cultures for Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)
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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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