Posted: May 9, 2013
Increased number of patients with VRE colonization on Med/Pal Unit:
Infection control measures have been implemented to stop the spread of VRE on the Medical-Palliative Unit. Please follow the posted signs and wash your hands regularly while visiting this unit.
What is Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)?
Enterococci are bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract of most individuals and can also be present in the urethra, vagina, skin, oropharynx and/or bile. Enterococci may also colonize wounds, ulcers and medical device sites in hospitalized patients. They are a common cause of health care-associated infection. They can survive in the environment for long periods (days or months). Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) is a type of enterococcus that has become resistant to high levels of the antibiotic vancomycin.
What is colonization?
The organism lives on one or more body sites with no signs and symptoms of illness.