VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus) Rate Reporting

Enterococcus is a type of bacteria that is normally found in people’s bowels. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat infections caused by enterococci. When this bacteria becomes resistant to certain antibiotics it is called VRE. These bacteria can sometimes cause infection.

People with VRE can spread it to others when they forget to wash their hands after using the washroom. It can also be spread by the unwashed hands or on gloves of personnel after direct contact with patients or the contaminated environment. VRE can live in the environment for a long time if not cleaned properly. VRE is not spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

Patients who contract VRE will be placed under isolation precautions. It is important for all who enter the patient’s room, to follow all of the directions on the precaution sign posted outside the room. Using an alcohol-based hand rub or hand washing before and after contact with any patient is the best way you can help prevent the spread of VRE.

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Rates of VRE Acquired Infections at STEGH


January - March 2024


STEGH takes your care and your safety very seriously and we are extremely committed to transparency. On a quarterly basis, beginning in December, we will be reporting our infection rates on our website.


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