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Targeted Surveillance to Identify Children Colonized with Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  • Aaron M. Milstone (a1) (a2), Lisa L. Maragakis (a3) (a2), Karen C. Carroll (a3) (a4) and Trish M. Perl (a3) (a2)

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Performing admission surveillance cultures is a resource-intensive strategy to identify asymptomatic patients with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) colonization. We measured VRE prevalence among children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit. Targeted surveillance captured 94% of VRE-colonized children and may be an effective strategy to identify VRE carriers and facilitate pediatric infection prevention strategies.

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Departments of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, John Hopkins School of Medicine, 200 North Wolfe Street, Rub-enstein 3141, Baltimore, MD 21287 (amilstol@jhmi.edu)

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