VRE – Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci – Outbreak
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VRE – Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci for ID and Susceptibility
Pure VRE culture isolates primary
Appropriate media that supports the growth of an organism.
VRE – Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (for Outbreaks only)
Amies charcoal transport medium
Submission and Collection Notes
Contact Public Health Ontario laboratory prior to collecting primary swabs for outbreak specimens
Indicate the following on the General Test Requisition Form:
- onset date
- clinical/epidemiology information
Timing of Specimen Collection
Specimens should be collected during the acute phase of illness. Sample should be sent to PHO laboratory within 3 days.
Preparation Prior to Transport
Label the specimen with the patient’s full name, date of collection and one other unique identifier such as the patient’s date of birth or Health Card Number. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection or testing delay.
Place specimen in biohazard bag and seal. Specimens should be stored at 2-8°C following collection and shipped to PHO laboratory on ice packs.
Test Frequency and Turnaround Time (TAT)
VRE culture is set up daily Monday to Friday.
Turnaround time is up to 3 days from receipt by PHO laboratory.
Results are reported to the ordering physician or health care provider as indicated on the requisition.
Specimens that are positive for VRE are to be reported to the Medical Officer of Health as per Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Swabs are set up on bacterial culture medium for identification. Tests may include antimicrobial susceptibility and genetic and molecular typing.