Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus

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.

Rates

VRE rates at TADH as of July 2019:

VRE = 0

VRE for all Ontario Hospitals

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.