VRE Bacteraemia Infection Rates Reporting
Public reporting of new Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus bacteraemia infection rates in Ontario hospitals began on December 30, 2008. Hospitals will post their rates and case counts of new VRE bacteraemia acquired in their facility on their website every three months (quarterly), and will also report their data to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through an online template captured by a central database
What is bacteraemia?
Bacteraemia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream and is referred to as a bloodstream infection.
What is Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus?
Enterococcus is a bacteria that can live in the gastrointestinal tract (bowels) of most individuals and generally do not cause harm (this is termed “colonization”). VRE can survive well on hands and can survive for weeks on objects such as toilet seats, taps, door handles, bedrails, furniture and bedpans. VRE can be killed with the proper use of disinfectants and good hygiene.
What will be publicly reported?
Each hospital will post its quarterly rate and case count of new VRE bacteraemia acquired in their facility on their website. At the end of each quarter, the ministry will report the previous quarter’s data on its website by hospital site including:
1. The number of new hospital acquired VRE bacteraemia cases that is zero (0) or totalling five (5) or more associated with that hospital site, or if this is less than 5 cases (i.e. 1 to 4 cases), text reading “<5 cases”, and
2. The hospital acquired VRE bacteraemia rate
What determines the rate?
The total number of new cases of VRE bacteraemia acquired in the hospital in a quarter is divided by the total number of patient days for that quarter. Patient days are the number of days spent in the hospital for all patients. The results are multiplied by 1000. This represents the rate of hospital acquired associated VRE bacteraemia associated with the reporting facility per 1000 patient days for that quarter. (e.g. 2 cases for that quarter divided by 30,000 patient days for that
quarter = 0.00006 x 1000 = 0.06 per 1000 patient days). The rates of infection will be calculated by quarter.
What is the rate at TDMH?
The TDMH rate from January –March 2018 is 0 per 1000 patient days. This represents 0 cases.
The TDMH rate for October 1 - December 31, 2017 is 0 per 1000 patient days. This represents 0 cases.
The TDMH rate for July 1 - September 30, 2017 is 0 per 1000 patient days. This represents 0 cases.
The TDMH rate for April 1 - June 30, 2017 is 0 per 1000 patient days. This represents 0 cases.
The TDMH rate for January 1 - March 31, 2017 is 0 per 1000 patient days. This represents 0 cases
The TDMH rate for October 1 - December 31 2016 is 0 per 1000 patient days. This represents 0 cases.