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Blood culture contamination with Enterococci and skin organisms: implications for surveillance definitions of primary bloodstream infections.

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Freeman, JT; Chen, LF; Sexton, DJ; Anderson, DJ
Published in: Am J Infect Control
June 2011

Enterococci are a common cause of bacteremia but are also common contaminants. In our institution, approximately 17% of positive blood cultures with enterococci are mixed with skin organisms. Such isolates are probable contaminants. The specificity of the current definition of primary bloodstream infection could be increased by excluding enterococci mixed with skin organisms.

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Am J Infect Control

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1527-3296

Publication Date

June 2011

Volume

39

Issue

5

Start / End Page

436 / 438

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Staphylococcus
  • Specimen Handling
  • Skin
  • Humans
  • Epidemiology
  • Enterococcus
  • Cross Infection
  • Community-Acquired Infections
  • Blood
  • Bacteriological Techniques
 

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Freeman, J. T., Chen, L. F., Sexton, D. J., & Anderson, D. J. (2011). Blood culture contamination with Enterococci and skin organisms: implications for surveillance definitions of primary bloodstream infections. Am J Infect Control, 39(5), 436–438. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2010.07.014
Freeman, Joshua T., Luke Francis Chen, Daniel J. Sexton, and Deverick J. Anderson. “Blood culture contamination with Enterococci and skin organisms: implications for surveillance definitions of primary bloodstream infections.Am J Infect Control 39, no. 5 (June 2011): 436–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2010.07.014.
Freeman, Joshua T., et al. “Blood culture contamination with Enterococci and skin organisms: implications for surveillance definitions of primary bloodstream infections.Am J Infect Control, vol. 39, no. 5, June 2011, pp. 436–38. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2010.07.014.
Journal cover image

Published In

Am J Infect Control

DOI

EISSN

1527-3296

Publication Date

June 2011

Volume

39

Issue

5

Start / End Page

436 / 438

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Staphylococcus
  • Specimen Handling
  • Skin
  • Humans
  • Epidemiology
  • Enterococcus
  • Cross Infection
  • Community-Acquired Infections
  • Blood
  • Bacteriological Techniques