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What is VRE and how contagious is it?

What is VRE and how contagious is it?

Vancomycin resistant: Enterococcus (VRE). This is a "superbug" that is resistant to most abx including Vancomycin. It is mostly a nosocomial bug which means typically found in the hospital. You don't see this so much out in the real world. Especially related to having "foreign objects" in your body like central lines, catheters, etc ...Read more

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Can healthy adults and babies get an infection from coming into contact with VRE? How?

Can healthy adults and babies get an infection from coming into contact with VRE? How?

Yes: Yes healthy persons and babies can contract VRE. It can be by hand to hand contact if the hands are not washed prperly. Also from touching the surfaces which may have been contaminated like bathroom etc.. ...Read more

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An elderly hospitalized family member tested positive for vre. Should other family members who visit get tested or worry about getting infected?

An elderly hospitalized family member tested positive for vre. Should other family members who visit get tested or worry about getting infected?

No: Worry serves no purpose and can only detract from your enjoyment and meaning spending time with your family member. Many of us harbor resistant bugs but they are themselves no more aggressive than the ones in our mouths, only more troublesome to treat should they get a foothold, which in healthy younger folks is unlikely. Wash you hands like you ordinarily would and cherish the time with others. ...Read more

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She has vre (vancomycin resistant enterococcus) -- what is this?

She has vre (vancomycin resistant enterococcus) -- what is this?

See below: Vre is vancomycin resistant enterococcus. Enterococcus is a type of streptococcus that normally colonized the colon and stool. Most strains are killed by the antibiotic vancomycin. Some strains are resistant to this drug and are thus called vre. ...Read more

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Urine culture tested positive for VrE. Put in isolation but not being treated for it. What does that mean?

Urine culture tested positive for VrE. Put in isolation but not being treated for it. What does that mean?

VRE: Vancomycin resistant enterococcus is type of intestinal bacteria resistant to most antibiotics including vancomycin. Means U were likely treated with antibiotics in past & naturally occurring intestinal bacteria became resistant to antibiotics U were taking or VRE was spread by contamination. In hospitals via Dr/health care worker not washing their hands well between patients.? Needs antibiotics ...Read more

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Can you donate blood or get a tatto if you are infected with vre?

Can you donate blood or get a tatto if you are infected with vre?

VRE: Vancomycin-resistant enterococci infections? I believe you need to be infection free to donate blood. I am uncertain about the tattoo. ...Read more

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Could my healthy baby get VRE if she kisses someone on the mouth who has it? Will she get sick?

Could my healthy baby get VRE if she kisses someone on the mouth who has it? Will she get sick?

YES: If someone is colonizing VRE or MRS or any bacteria in their nose/throat your baby should NOT kiss them on the mouth. IN FACT (MY OPINION ONLY) Kids should not kiss non-family members on the mouth and by family I mean brothers/sisters/parents...
Just an opinion!

Hope it helps!
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I wondering what is MRSA, VRE, and CRE. If you get it is it bad, and how does it even spread?

I wondering what is MRSA, VRE, and CRE. If you get it is it bad, and how does it even spread?

Bad infections: Descriptions of bacterial infections thar are resistant to normal antibiotics. MRSA stands for Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus
VRE stands for Vancomycin resistant enterococci;
CRE stands for Cabapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae. These are very serious infections. Go online to read more about each individual microorganism. ...Read more

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Can someone get VRE by kissing someone on the mouth who has it?

Can someone get VRE by kissing someone on the mouth who has it?

Possible: Certainly possible, however, chances of infection would vary with the location of the infection in the affected individual and the site of kissing. Having said that, Universal Precautions are used and Personal Protective equipment is necessary when in contact with patient with VRE. ...Read more

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Is there post-exposure prophylaxis for multi-resistant organisms such as mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls?

Is there post-exposure prophylaxis for multi-resistant organisms such as mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls?

Not really: For MRSA there is therapy to try and change your nasal and skin carriage states. For gut flora the use of unpasteurized yogurt or probiotics may reduce the relative numbers of unwanted bacteria, but there are no recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis and this should be strongly discouraged as it is likely to worsen things. ...Read more

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A family member with VRE kissed my 4 month old on the mouth. I immediately wiped her mouth with a baby wipe but will she still get sick?

A family member with VRE kissed my 4 month old on the mouth. I immediately wiped her mouth with a baby wipe but will she still get sick?

Little or no risk: Enterococcus, whether or not vancomycin resistant (VRE), arises within one's own intestines, not usually transmitted between people. There is unlikely to be any risk to your baby or anyone else from kissing. It's more important for the infected person to use good hygiene, e.g. wash hands after toilet. And whatever risk there was should be even lower if s/he is on appropriate antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Will my 4 month old breastfed baby get VRE if she was kissed on the mouth by someone who has it? Why or why not?

Will my 4 month old breastfed baby get VRE if she was kissed on the mouth by someone who has it? Why or why not?

Definitely not: It should be fecal oral contact and your baby is breast fed and alimentary system is clean.
Just by kissing no contamination ...Read more

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SRN. How can I️ diagnose my patient with MRSA infected VRE decubitus ulcers and cellulitis of back (within my scope)?

SRN. How can I️ diagnose my patient with MRSA infected VRE decubitus ulcers and cellulitis of back (within my scope)?

Are you 19?: If you are 19 year-old, you are trying to practice medicine without a license.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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I have a hospital telling me my moms catheter has to be taken out. She has a uti and history of VRE and broken skin. Do I have the right to refuse?

I have a hospital telling me my moms catheter has to be taken out. She has a uti and history of VRE and broken skin. Do I have the right to refuse?

You do have th right: You and your mother have to give permission before doctors can do anything medically. But you have to be rational and try to understand the nature of the problem and the basis for making any changes in her care such as changing the bladder (Foley) catheter. Catheter is a common source of bladder infections- which may be hard to control, unless you remove the catheter. Find out the risk/benefits. ...Read more

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Urinary vre. Transmission through touching the urine or by touching patients hand as well? . Need precautions, please help as im always with the patient.

Urinary vre. Transmission through touching the urine or by touching patients hand as well? . Need precautions, please help as im always with the patient.

Contact precautions: When taking care of patients general contact precautions are in order so that we consider all as possibly having an infection that can be spread from person to person on our hands. Lister was right: handwashing (or alcohol rub) before, gloves, and handwashing after touching the patient or any of his bodily fluids, excretions or secretions. If you have possibility of getting sprayed, gown up. ...Read more

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Mothers diagnosis liver & kidney failure and developed vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Is this contagious, should I worry? They said its in her urine.

Mothers diagnosis liver & kidney failure and developed vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Is this contagious, should I worry? They said its in her urine.

Yes.: In the hospital we use gloves and isolation while taking care of patients with vre as it can be spread if you come in contact with the infected bodily fluid andhave an open wound or cut. We try to avoid spreading it to immunosuppressed patients since it is difficult to treat. ...Read more

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If there's VRE entercocci in blood, what's the odds of infection in lungs as cause of this, isn't this bacteria from bowel.

If there's VRE entercocci in blood, what's the odds of infection in lungs as cause of this, isn't this bacteria from bowel.

Sepsis lung or gut: They are everywhere and can even be incidental contamination but not likely. First order of business is to teat the sepsis and then figure out where it came from. ...Read more

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VRE, is it likely to come from a respiratory infection or more likely to come from perforations in bowel with abcesses, I had both?

VRE, is it likely to come from a respiratory infection or more likely to come from perforations in bowel with abcesses, I had both?

From the bowel: Enterococci bacteria normally reside in the intestines. People who have been hospitalized, who have had major surgery or who have had multiple treatments with antibiotics can develop Vancomycin resistant Enterococci (VRE).

VRE infections may be difficult to cure because the bacteria do not respond to many antibiotics.

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Is aspergillus mucor a hospital acquired infection. I know of the more common ones, such as vre, pseudomonas, urinary tract, etc.?

Is aspergillus mucor a hospital acquired infection. I know of the more common ones, such as vre, pseudomonas, urinary tract, etc.?

Yes: Hospital acquired aspergillus accounted for 1.3% of nosocomial fungal infections such as pneumonia from 1980-1990. However, in specialized care units like bone marrow transplant units it can account for 33% of nosocomial pneumonia. It especially affects patients with poor immune systems from cancer, chemotherapy, organ transplants, or high dose steroids. Mucor affects similar patients. ...Read more

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If your healthcare provider had multi-resistant organisms on their hand and touched your pimple, can they get into your body? (mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls)

If your healthcare provider had multi-resistant organisms on their hand and touched your pimple, can they get into your body? (mrsa, vre, esbls, mbls)

If they did not: Clean their hands and did not wear gloves, it is possible. If they did either of those, then the chances are tiny. Mrsa is something that is almost ubiquitous now, can pick it up anywhere and abscess or pimples often are colonized with it in already colonized individuals. All that being said, it is possible. ...Read more

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Why is my stool green?

Why is my stool green?

Likely: Eating anything could affect the color and character of your stools. ...Read more

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What causes thin stool?

What causes thin stool?

Usually: Something in the lower colon or rectum would be the cause, either stricture, tumor or hemorrhoids. Any change in caliber of stools needs to be evaluated by a colorectal surgeon, sooner rather than later. Some type of scoping depending on your history would be the next step. ...Read more

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Why is my stool so dark?

Why is my stool so dark?

Several possibilitie: Stool can be dark from iron pills pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or foods like spinach. Black tarry stools may indicate bleeding from the stomach area and should be checked right away. ...Read more

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