Enterococcus faecium

Precautions

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General Information

Gram positive cocci in short chains resembling streptococcus

Nosocomial (esp. VRE), associated with prior antibiotics

  • Colonization

  • Bacteremia

  •  Endocarditis (usually subacute)

  •  Intra-abdominal or hepatobiliary infection

  •  UTI

More likely to cause true infection in immunocompromised individuals or after selection pressure from antimicrobial administration has eliminated other organisms.

Most E. faecium will be VRE.

Contact Precautions if VRE.

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