Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) (cont.)
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Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Treatment
Most VRE infections can be treated with antibiotics other than vancomycin. Some of the antibiotics that fail to work because of intrinsic resistance include some types of penicillin, cephalosporins, clindamycin, and aminoglycosides. Treatments that are ineffective because of acquired resistance include vancomycin, some penicillins, macrolides (such as erythromycin), tetracycline, quinolones, and others.
The course of treatment is determined by testing different antibiotics in the laboratory to determine which ones might be most effective against the infectious strain. If you develop a VRE infection and have a urinary catheter, sometimes removing the catheter will clear the infection.
If you are colonized with
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Prevention
Proper hand hygiene - thorough washing with soap and then drying - is the best way to prevent the spread of enterococci.
The CDC Hospital Infection Control Program encourages hospitals to develop their own institution-specific plans, which should stress: