Multi-Drug-Resistant Enterococcus Faecium Bacteraemia

Enterococcus species, including Enterococcus faecium, are frequent colonizers of the human gastrointestinal tract and are frequently viewed as commensal organisms [1]. Although not typically considered to be virulent organisms, Enterococcus species, particularly E. faecium, can
have significant pathogenic potential due to both inherent and acquired resistances to many commonly used antibiotics used today [1, 2]. Despite advances in clinical care, including newer antimicrobials, outcomes for infections caused by Enterococcus species are poor, and are considerably worse for vancomycin-resistant E. faecium (VRE) compared to susceptible strains [2]. Multi-drugresistant organisms are increasingly recognized as problems for immunocompromised patients, particularly VRE [3]. Having a deeper understanding of the antimicrobials available, as well as their potential toxicities and drug– drug interactions, is vitally important to improving

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