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Use of Active Surveillance Cultures to Detect Asymptomatic Colonization With Carbapenem‐Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in Intensive Care Unit Patients
David Calfee , MD, MS and Stephen G. Jenkins , PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 10 (October 2008), pp. 966-968
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/590661
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Carbapenem‐resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae is emerging as a significant healthcare‐associated pathogen. Clinical cultures detect only a fraction of the colonized population, and patients with asymptomatic colonization are at risk of invasive infection. Additional study of the impact of detection of asymptomatic colonization on subsequent infection and transmission is needed.
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