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Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

What is VRE?

Vancomycin is an antibiotic used to treat certain infections, including those caused by most strains of Enterococcus. Enterococci are bacteria commonly found in the intestinal tract of healthy people. When vancomycin is unable to kill these bacteria, the bacteria are called VRE.

VRE is very hardy. It can survive on hard surfaces for 7-10 days and on hands for hours. It is easy to kill by good hand washing with either soap and water or alcohol hand sanitizer.

Who can get VRE?

People who have been ill, have taken many antibiotics or have weakened immune systems due to illness or age are at highest risk.

How does VRE spread?

VRE can be spread to other people by contact between persons. This contact occurs by touching. Spread of infection occurs by:

  • Picking up the bacteria from the environment on hands.
  • Sharing objects between patients without cleaning in between.

How do we track VRE?

The microbiology department notifies the infection prevention and control department of every case of VRE. Patients with VRE are placed in isolation and special precautions are taken to prevent the spread to other patients.

What do the indicators reported on our website mean?

The Ministry of Health has asked that each Hospital in Ontario report the ratio of patients that acquire VRE while admitted to the hospital per 1000 patient days.

A “patient day” is defined as one patient staying in hospital for one day.  If 10 patients are in the hospital for one day, that represents “10 patient days”.  Alternatively, if one patient stays in hospital for 10 days, that is also “10 patient days”. When you look at our rates you will know that for each 1000 patient days, “X” number of patients developed VRE.

VRE BACTERAEMIA CASES

Clinton Public Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - Jun, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 2.26 1 Case
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

St. Marys Memorial Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - Jun, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

 Seaforth Community Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - Jun, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

 

 

Stratford General Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - Jun, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

 

 

HPHA Combined Rate

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - Jun, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.21 1 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - Jun, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases