Screening and electronic labelling of ward contacts of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium vanB carriers during a single-strain hospital outbreak and after discharge from hospital.

A large single-strain outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF) vanB occurred in Royal Perth Hospital from July to December 2001. When a VREF-carrying patient was discovered on a ward, all patients on the ward were screened with rectal swabs. A total of 172 patients were colonised, four with infections, but no deaths were attributable to… CONTINUE READING