Visitors to BGH ACE unit- Quinte 4 reminded to wash hands
June 15, 2016
Outbreak of VRE colonization on Acute Care for Elders Unit - Quinte 4, QHC BGH
We have declared an outbreak on the Acute Care for Elders Unit - Quinte 4 at QHC BGH as a number of patients have recently tested positive for VRE colonization. Please keep the following in mind with regard to Quinte 4 at QHC BGH:
- We have an enhanced hand hygiene program in place whereby patients and visitors entering the dining room and any other area where a communal activity may take place, will be reminded (by way of signage) to wash their hands before and after leaving.
- Patients being transferred to an outbreak unit will be made aware of the outbreak and provided with information sheets for themselves and family.
Thank you for your cooperation.
What is Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)?
Enterococci are bacteria that live in the human intestine, in the urinary tract and are often found in the environment. Generally these bacteria do not cause illness; however when illness does occur it can usually be treated with antibiotics. Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) are strains of enterococci bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin.
You can have VRE present in your body without being sick. A person with VRE who does NOT have symptoms is colonized with VRE. A person is considered to be infected with VRE when symptoms ARE present (e.g. an infection of the urinary tract or bloodstream). Currently no patients are ill due to VRE, but have tested positive which means they are are colonized (no symptoms).