Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
VRE stands for vancomycin-resistant enterococcus. Vancomycin is an antibiotic used to treat infections. Enterococcus is a common bacterium that is normally found in the lower intestine. Sometimes people develop infections with this bacterium and require treatment. Only a few antibiotics can effectively treat enterococcal infections, and one of them is vancomycin. If the enterococcus bacterium develops resistance to vancomycin (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus), the antibiotic vancomycin will not be able to destroy the bacteria. There are other antibiotics that will treat VRE infections.
VRE rates at TADH as of December 2019:
VRE = 0
Information for Patients and Families
For more information about VRE, who gets it and how it is treated, please visit Infection Prevention and Control’s patient information sheets.