VRE outbreak on 7.1 over

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 3:32pm

We are pleased to declare the VRE outbreak on 7.1 over!

Increased measures implemented to target the increased incidence of Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) on 7.1 of the Halifax Infirmary have been discontinued. Please revert to routine swabbing practices for patients transferred from 7.1.

Patients transferred from 7.1 are no longer required to be placed on Contact Precautions when arriving on the receiving unit until culture results are complete.

Thank you to staff who remain vigilant with our infection prevention and control practices and brought the outbreak to an end as quickly as possible.

Did you know….VRE is hardy outside the human body, and can survive for weeks, or months, on hard surfaces, and on inanimate objects. VRE is transmitted from one person to another by direct skin-to-skin contact, or by indirect contact with contaminated objects.

That is why hand hygiene and environmental and equipment cleaning are so very important.