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How frequently are hospitalized patients colonized with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) already on contact precautions for other indications?

  • Katherine E. Goodman (a1), Patricia J. Simner (a2), Eili Y. Klein (a1) (a3) (a4), Abida Q. Kazmi (a2), Avinash Gadala (a5), Clare Rock (a5) (a6), Pranita D. Tamma (a7), Sara E. Cosgrove (a5) (a6), Lisa L. Maragakis (a5) (a6), Aaron M. Milstone (a1) (a5) (a7), for the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4) (a5) (a6) (a7) and the CDC MIND-Healthcare Program (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4) (a5) (a6) (a7)...

Using samples collected for VRE surveillance, we evaluated unit admission prevalence of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) perirectal colonization and whether CRE carriers (unknown to staff) were on contact precautions for other indications. CRE colonization at unit admission was infrequent (3.9%). Most CRE carriers were not on contact precautions, representing a reservoir for healthcare-associated CRE transmission.

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Authors for correspondence: Katherine E. Goodman JD, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205. E-mail: Aaron Milstone MD, MHS, 200 N Wolfe Street, Rubenstein 3141, Baltimore, MD 21287. E-mail:
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Cite this article: Goodman KE, et al. (2018). How frequently are hospitalized patients colonized with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) already on contact precautions for other indications? Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2018, 39, 1491–1493. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.236

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