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The Limits of Serial Surveillance Cultures in Predicting Clearance of Colonization with Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae

  • Jessica D. Lewis (a1), Kyle B. Enfield (a2) (a3), Amy J. Mathers (a1) (a4), Eve T. Giannetta (a3) and Costi D. Sifri (a1) (a3)...

Abstract

An accepted practice for patients colonized with multidrug-resistant organisms is to discontinue contact precautions following 3 consecutive negative surveillance cultures. Our experience with surveillance cultures to detect persistent carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) colonization suggests that extrapolation of this practice to CPE-colonized patients may not be appropriate.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36(7):835–837

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Address all correspondence to Costi D. Sifri, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health, Office of Hospital Epidemiology/Infection Prevention & Control, University of Virginia Health System, P.O. Box 800473, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0473 (csifri@virginia.edu).

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