VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus)

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.

Rates of VRE Acquired Infections at STEGH

July - September 2018
Case 0
Rate 0.00
April - June 2018
Case 0
Rate 0.00
January - March 2018
Case 0
Rate 0.00
October - December 2017
Case 0
Rate 0.00
July - September 2017
Case 0
Rate 0.00
April - June 2017
Case 0
Rate 0.00
January - March 2017
Case 0
Rate 0.00
October - December 2016
Case 0
Rate 0.00
July to September 2016
Case 0
Rate 0.00
April to June 2016
Case 0
Rate 0.00
January to March 2016
Case 0
Rate 0.00

 

October to December 2015
Case 0
Rate 0.00
July to Septetmber 2015
Case 0
Rate 0
April to June 2015
Case 0
Rate 0
January - March 2015
Case 0
Rate 0
October - December 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  July –  September 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  April – June 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  Oct – Dec 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  July – Sept 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  April – June 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  Oct – Dec 2012
Case 0
Rate 0
  July – Sept 2012
Case 0
Rate 0
  April – June 2012
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2012
Case 0
Rate 0
  Oct – Dec 2011
Case 0
Rate 0
  July – Sept 2011
Case 0
Rate 0
  April – June 2011
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2011
Case 0
Rate 0

 

Infection Rate per 1,000 Patient Days

The VRE bacteraemia infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. The total patient days represents the sum of the number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the given time frame.

The method of calculation of the VRE bacteraemia infection rate for the reporting period (on a quarterly basis) is:

Number of nosocomial patients with laboratory identification of VRE bacteraemia x 1000
Total number of patient days

Where the numerator is the total number of newly identified cases for VRE bacteraemia associated with the reporting facility, for the reporting period. The denominator is the total number of in-patient days for the reporting period. There are no exclusion criteria.

What does hospital-acquired mean?

Sometimes when patients are admitted to the hospital, they get infections while they are in the hospital. This is a hospital-acquired infection or a nosocomial infection. Usually it is MRSA, VRE or C. difficile.

Visit the Ministry of Health Care and Long-Term Care website to view other hospital's rates

If you have any questions about this information or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program [LINK], please contact us.