Researchers Recommend Surveillance of VRE in C. Diff Patients

Study findings suggest healthcare providers should conduct active surveillance of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus in C. diff patients, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers prospectively evaluated 158 adult inpatients with C. diff infection from July 2006-Oct. 2006. Results from the study demonstrate approximately 56 percent of C. diff patient cases involved VRE colonization. High-risk factors for VRE colonization include discharge from a long-term care facility, dementia and hospitalization within the previous two months. C. diff patients with VRE colonization also displayed a higher prevalence of co-infection with MRSA.

Read the study about VRE surveillance of C. diff patients.

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