Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus Infection
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) infection is caused by bacteria. These bacteria are resistant to certain types of antibiotics. A VRE infection spreads easily from person to person.
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The chlorhexidine treatment baths may dry your skin. The antibiotic medicine may not kill all of the VRE bacteria. Your infection may get worse. The infection can spread to your body or blood, which can be life-threatening.
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Isolation safety measures
may be needed if you have an infection that can spread to others. Healthcare providers and visitors may need to wear gloves, a face mask, and a gown. Visitors should wash their hands before they leave to prevent the spread of bacteria.
- Antibiotics help kill the bacteria that caused your VRE infection.
- Chlorhexidine baths help keep your infection from spreading. Chlorhexidine is a germ-killing liquid that can kill bacteria on your skin. A healthcare provider will wash your body from the neck down.
- Blood tests will show the VRE bacteria and help healthcare providers plan which antibiotics are best for treatment.
- A sample of your bowel movement, urine, or any wound may show VRE bacteria.
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