Enterococcus faecium

Precautions

Contact Precautions

General Information

Gram positive cocci in short chains

Nosocomial (esp. VRE), associated with prior antibiotics

Colonization

More likely to cause true infection in immunocompromised or after selection pressure from antimicrobial administration has eliminated other organisms

Bacteremia, endocarditis (usually subacute), intra-abdominal or hepatobiliary infection, UTI

Most E. faecium will be VRE