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Table 1 Cost of the eradication of a vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) outbreak in severely ill colonized patients (n = 13 patients, 16 stays)

From: Eradication of an outbreak of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE): the cost of a failure in the systematic screening

Resources Cost, 2008 Euros*
Infection control measures (A) 60 524
  Staffing (overtime plus interim staff) 5 719
  Gowns, gloves, single use materials, hydroalcoholic solutions, disinfection procedures 14 538
  Screening and surveillance cultures, typing of isolates 15 125
  Antibiotics 25 142
Loss of income from spare isolation beds† (B) 110 915
VRE-related hospital loss (A + B) 171 439
  1. *One Euro was approximately equivalent to 1.30 US Dollar or 0.90 UK Pound.
  2. †Loss of 33 admissions, compared to the same period in the preceding year.