Montecalvo, M. A., Jarvis, W. R., Uman, J., Shay, D. K., Petrullo, C., Rodney, K., . . . Wormser, G. P. (1999). Infection-control measures reduce transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in an endemic setting. Annals of Internal Medicine, 131, 269–272.doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-4-199908170-00006
To examine infection measures to reduce the transmission of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE).
VRE cultures were obtained from all 259 patients (100%) in 404 admissions to the unit during the use of enhanced infection control strategies and 167 of 184 patients (91%) in 210 admissions to the unit during the use of standard infection control practices.
Enhanced Infection Control
Patients were evaluated during the use of enhanced infection control strategies (n = 259) and standard infection control practices (n = 184).
Eleven-room, 22-bed adult oncology unit in a 650-bed tertiary care hospital
This was a prospective cohort study.
Standard infection control versus enhanced infection control: