Enterococcus faecium

Enterococcus faecium


General Information

Gram positive cocci in short chains

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.

E. faecium are more likely than E. faecalis to be vancomycin resistant.