Table 1.

Survival of staphylococci and enterococci on fabrics and plastica

MicroorganismNo. of isolates testedResistance characteristicbSurvival (no. of days) of individual isolates on:
CottonTerryBlendPolyesterPolyethylene
CNS3MS8, 16, 216, 21, 276, 6, 77, 10, 1641, 51, 74
CNS3MR14, 18, 2014, 15, 1620, 22, 2816, 20, 2247, >90, >90
S. aureus 3MS4, 5, 199, 9, 241, 9, 2110, 12, 5622, 48, >90
S. aureus 3MR4, 5, 212, 6, 141, 3, 31, 16, 4040, 48, >51
E. faecalis 2VS11, 3321, 2919, 29>90, >90>90, >90
E. faecalis 2c VR18, 2220, 2218, 2273, >80>80, >80
E faecium 2VS22, >9033, >9029, >9043, >9068, >90
E. faecium 2c VR62, >90>80, >9052, >90>80, >90>80, >90
E. gallinarum 1d VR283434>90>90
E. casseliflavus 1d VR152815>90>90
  • a Mean inoculum (± standard deviation) of 4.1 (±4.4) × 105 CFU.

  • b Abbreviations: MS, methicillin sensitive; MR, methicillin resistant; VS, vancomycin sensitive; VR, vancomycin resistant.

  • c One vanA isolate and onevanB isolate.

  • d One vanC isolate.