Additive Effect of Enterococcus faecium on Enterococcal Bloodstream Infections: A 14-Year Study in a Swiss Tertiary Hospital

Weisser, Maja ; Capaul, Selja ; Dangel, Marc ; Elzi, Luigia ; Kuenzli, Esther ; Frei, Reno ; Widmer, Andreas

In: Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2013, vol. 34, no. 10, p. 1109-1112

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    We investigated whether an increase in enterococcal bloodstream infections (BSIs) depends on the emergence of Enterococcus faecium in an area with low vancomycin-resistant enterococci prevalence. From 1999 to 2012, a linear increase in E. faecium BSI rates (0.009 per 1,000 patient-days per year; P<.001) was noted. Enterococcus faecalis BSI rates remained stable