Duration of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae Carriage in Hospital Patients.
Mo Y., Hernandez-Koutoucheva A., Musicha P., Bertrand D., Lye D., Ng OT., Fenlon SN., Chen SL., Ling ML., Tang WY., Barkham T., Nagarajan N., Cooper BS., Marimuthu K.
To determine the duration of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) carriage, we studied 21 CPE carriers for »1 year. Mean carriage duration was 86 days; probability of decolonization in 1 year was 98.5%, suggesting that CPE-carriers' status can be reviewed yearly. Prolonged carriage was associated with use of antimicrobial drugs.