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Secular Trends of Hospitalization With Vancomycin‐Resistant Enterococcus Infection in the United States, 2000‐2006
Andrew M. Ramsey , MPH and Marya D. Zilberberg , MD, MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 30, No. 2 (February 2009), pp. 184-186
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/593956
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Although the incidence of hospitalizations with infection due to vancomycin‐resistant pathogens in the United States remained stable during 2000–2003, it increased from 4.60 to 9.48 hospitalizations per 100,000 population during 2003–2006. Hospitalizations with infection due to vancomycin‐resistant pathogens also increased as a proportion of all US hospitalizations, from 3.16 to 6.51 hospitalizations with VRE infection per 10,000 total hospitalizations during 2003–2006. The number of hospitalizations with infection due to vancomycin‐resistant pathogens is increasing in the United States. Because infection due to vancomycin‐resistant organisms is associated with poor outcomes, the epidemiology of this trend needs further exploration.
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