Frank Andreas Van Laer

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The results of prevalence studies on glycopeptide-resistant enterococci (GRE) in the intestine may be influenced by the detection methods applied. In most studies different media, different concentrations of antibiotics, and different methods are used, and these differences result in differences in recovery rates. In this cross-sectional study on the(More)
Crowding of severely ill patients in intensive care units has led worldwide to important increases in nosocomial (ICU-related) infections. Moreover, the nature of these hospital-acquired infections is shifting towards Gram-positive microorganisms, yeast and Gram-negative rods, possessing important resistance genes (e.g. extended spectrum beta-lactamases and(More)
The relationship between air contamination (cfu/m(3)) with fungal spores, especially Aspergillus spp., in three renovation areas of a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and colonization and infection rates in a high care area (HC) equipped with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration and a high pressure system, was evaluated. Data on the type and(More)
Methods VRE was detected in clinical specimen by standard procedures from 3 different patients on a hematology unit. At that time, an infection control program was implemented. It included VRE screening in stool and rectal samples from all patients hospitalized in the epidemic ward and carriage screening to detect unknown colonized patients (at hospital(More)
During a 3-day period, eight patients developed septicemia with Burkholderia cepacia. Heparin injection was found to be a risk factor. Heparin was diluted with dextrose solution, which was aspirated from a 1-L bag. B cepacia, genotypically identical to the blood isolates, was isolated from this bag.
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