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March 20, 2002

Nosocomial Transmission of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci From Surfaces

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(11):1400-1401. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1395

To the Editor: Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) often contaminate environmental surfaces in the rooms of colonized patients,1 but the frequency of transfer from such surfaces to hands is not known. We tested the hypothesis that contact with contaminated surfaces would result in transfer of VRE to gloved hands and examined the potential role of disinfection of surfaces as a means to decrease transmission of VRE.

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