Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) (cont.)
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What should I do if I think I have VRE?
Talk with your healthcare provider and get medical care.
If a patient in a facility is colonized or infected with VRE, what do their visitors or family members need to know?
In general, healthy people are at low risk of getting infected with VRE. Therefore, casual contact, such as kissing, hugging, and touching, is generally safe. Visitors should wash their hands before leaving an infected person's room. Also, wear disposable gloves if you anticipate contact with body fluids. If excessive contact with body fluids is expected, wear a gown. It is also acceptable for infants and children to have casual contact with these patients.
What precautions should caregivers take when tending to infected persons in their homes?
Outside of healthcare settings, there is little risk of becoming infected with VRE. In the home, the following precautions should be taken:
Success stories are encouraging
An Arkansas hospital in 1998 created a program to wipe out VRE by using strict patient containment procedures and thoroughly educating its employees. Among the most effective precautions is handwashing. Though some staff complained that the program was overly complicated and labor intensive, rates of VRE infection dramatically declined.
According to CDC, in late 1996, VRE was first detected in a regional coalition of healthcare
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