Disinfection of hospital rooms contaminated with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1998 Apr;19(4):261-4. doi: 10.1086/647806.


Sixteen percent of hospital room surfaces remained colonized by vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) after routine terminal disinfection. Disinfection with a new "bucket method" resulted in uniformly negative cultures. Conventional cleaning took an average of 2.8 disinfections to eradicate VRE from a hospital room, while only one cleaning was required with the bucket method.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Disinfection* / economics
  • Disinfection* / methods
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Enterococcus faecium / drug effects*
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Patients' Rooms
  • United States
  • Vancomycin / pharmacology*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Vancomycin