Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) is defined as a patient identified with laboratory-confirmed bloodstream infection with Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci. Bloodstream infection is a single positive blood culture for VRE.
Cases are defined as individuals who acquired the VRE bacteria during hospitalization at Sault Area Hospital but are not displaying signs of infection or may have infections that are not in the bloodstream.
The rate is calculated as follows:
Number of new hospital-acquired VRE cases in our facility X 1000
Total number of patient days (for one month)