Alert on VRE contacts

PEOPLE who have come in contact with those carrying the Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) superbug will have an electronic alert placed on their medical record.

The use of the alert is the latest step in dealing with the VRE outbreak that emerged at Coffs Harbour Health Campus (CHHC) five weeks ago.

These VRE 'contact' patients will be notified by mail of the alert.

They will receive an advice sheet and the equipment for obtaining specimens for pathology analysis.

If the results are negative the patient's name will be taken off the alert system.

It is expected that most people with an alert on their medical record will be found negative for VRE.

The results will take approximately one week to be available and will be provided in writing to the patients.

If negative, no further action is required and the alert will be removed. If positive , the hospital will get in contact with the patient to discuss further measures.

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