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Fitzpatrick MA, Suda KJ, Ramanathan S, Guihan M, Brown C, Safdar N, Evans M, Jones MM, Pfeiffer CD, Klutts JS, Icardi M, Perencevich E, Rubin M, Evans CT, QUERI CARRIAGE Program. Laboratory practices for identification and reporting of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2019 Apr 1; 40(4):463-466.
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Abstract: Laboratory identification of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a key step in controlling its spread. Our survey showed that most Veterans Affairs laboratories follow VA guidelines for initial CRE identification, whereas 55.0% use PCR to confirm carbapenemase production. Most respondents were knowledgeable about CRE guidelines. Barriers included staffing, training, and financial resources.