HPS releases VRE information for healthcare workers and patients

16 July 2019

Article: 53/2802

On 10 July 2019, Health Protection Scotland (HPS) released information leaflets on Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) for the use of healthcare workers and patients.

VRE are enterococci that are resistant to the vancomycin antibiotic and are often resistant to other types of antibiotics. While VRE does not cause more serious infections than other enterococci, it is more difficult to treat. They are most commonly spread through direct contact with the patient through contamination by healthcare workers or indirectly from the patient’s care environment, for example, frequently touched surfaces such as lockers or bed tables.