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Active Surveillance for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Using Stool Specimens Submitted for Testing for Clostridium difficile

  • David B. Banach (a1), Jeannette Francois (a2), Stephanie Blash (a1), Gopi Patel (a1), Stephen G. Jenkins (a3), Vincent LaBombardi (a1), Barry N. Kreiswirth (a4), Arjun Srinivasan (a5) and David P. Calfee (a3)...

Abstract

Active surveillance to identify asymptomatic carriers of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a recommended strategy for CRE control in healthcare facilities. Active surveillance using stool specimens tested for Clostridium difficile is a relatively low-cost strategy to detect CRE carriers. Further evaluation of this and other risk factor-based active surveillance strategies is warranted.

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Weill Cornell Medical College, 525 East 68th Street, Box 265, New York, NY 10065 (dpc9003@med.cornell.edu)

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Present affiliation: Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

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Present affiliation: New York Hospital Queens, Flushing, New York

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  • David B. Banach (a1), Jeannette Francois (a2), Stephanie Blash (a1), Gopi Patel (a1), Stephen G. Jenkins (a3), Vincent LaBombardi (a1), Barry N. Kreiswirth (a4), Arjun Srinivasan (a5) and David P. Calfee (a3)...

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