Getting to Know Superbugs: VRE
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are a type of bacteria called enterococci that have developed resistance to many antibiotics, especially vancomycin. Enterococci bacteria live in our intestines and on our skin, usually without causing problems.VRE can also live in the female genital tract without causing disease (often called colonization). However, sometimes it can cause infections of the urinary tract, the bloodstream, or of wounds associated with catheters or surgical procedures.
How Does VRE Spread?
VRE is often passed from person to person by the contaminated hands of caregivers. VRE can get onto a caregiver’s hands after they have contact with other people with VRE or after contact with contaminated surfaces. VRE can also be spread directly to people after they touch surfaces that are contaminated with VRE. VRE is not spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.
How is VRE treated?
Most VRE infections can be treated with antibiotics other than vancomycin. Laboratory testing of the VRE can determine which antibiotics will work. For people who get VRE infections in their bladder and have urinary catheters, removal of the catheter when it is no longer needed can also help get rid of the infection.
Where does Tru-D fit in?
Tru-D has been proven by numerous studies to kill VRE. One study concluded, “Tru-D demonstrated the capability to significantly reduce key healthcare nosocomial pathogens (MRSA, VRE, MRA) in the hospital environment…These results are similar to those of the other studies which showed consistent activity against MRSA, VRE and MRA.”
“Tru-D continues to be proven to kill many infectious diseases such as VRE,” said Chuck Dunn, president and CEO of Tru-D SmartUVC. “As the gold standard in UV disinfection, Tru-D will continue to work with hospitals to combat the occurrence of these superbugs in health care facilities.”
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