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Strict control of vancomycin resistant enterococci is not justified

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.0/f (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:f

Measures to control vancomycin resistant enterococci may not be justified, as the organisms have low virulence but infection is difficult to treat. Infection is endemic in US hospitals but rare in European hospitals. Ridwan and colleagues (p 666) discuss how an outbreak in a Dutch hospital was halted by strict control measures which were expensive and occasionally stopped new admissions and surgery. The authors recommend following European guidelines.


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