Rabu, 23 Februari 2011

VRE Forever!

Without despair we will share
And the joys of caring will not be replaced
What has been must never end
And with the strength we have won't be erased
When the truths of love are planted firm, they won't be hard to find
And the words of love I speak to you will echo in my mind

I believe when I fall in love with you
It will be forever
I believe when I fall in love this time
It will be forever

Stevie Wonder  -  I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever), 1972

One of the most consistent obstacles to halting the spread of MDROs in hospitals is the ability for the organisms to persist in the environment.  Nosocomial outbreak pathogens such as MDR-Acinetobacter baumannii have been shown to persist for up to a year in vitro. Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREFm) has been shown to persist for up to 4 months.  Now a new letter to the editor in the March issue of Journal of Hospital Infection suggests that we may have underestimated VREFm.

Researchers at the University Medical Centre Utrecht took an outbreak CC17 VREFm strain and a non-outbreak but concurrently isolated non-CC17 VREFm strain recovered during a year 2000 outbreak and placed 1ml at 10^9 cfu/ml of each strain in 104 bottles to dry. They then tested for recovery weekly and then quarterly.  I have pasted the survival curve below.  Survival for both strains was gradual to 10^4 at 9 months and 10^2 during the next 30 months.  Out to week 170-194 between 1-7 colonies were detected. Thus, these strains survived almost 4 years!!!

Certainly gives you something to think about.  Just another reason to love the enterococcus and Stevie Wonder - the pride of Saginaw, Michigan.

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