Enterococci are germs that live in the gastrointestinal tract (bowels) of most individuals and generally do not cause harm (this is termed ‘colonization’). Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) are strains of enterococci that are resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin.
Providence reports its rates of VRE on aquarterly basis to help foster transparency and awareness of patient safety. View our rates here.
VRE is spread from one person through contaminated hands (direct contact) or a contaminated environment (indirect contact).
Your family and visitors should not assist other patients with their personal care as this may cause the germ to spread. They will be required to wear a long-sleeved gown and gloves while in your room. Before leaving your room, visitors must remove their gloves and gown and dispose of them in the garbage container and the linen hamper located in your room. Then they must clean their hands. Remind all staff and visitors to practice good hand hygiene before and after they touch you. Ask your nurse or doctor to demonstrate proper hand hygiene techniques (15 seconds of soap and running water OR waterless alcohol hand rub until hands are dry). You need to clean your hands:
If you have VRE at the time of discharge from hospital, the chance of spreading the germ to your family is small. But, we do recommend you practice the following:
SOURCE: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care