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About Us - Our Performance - Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) Prevention - How we manage VRE


We place patients on contact precautions.

We help to lower the number of cases of Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections within the hospital by placing patients on contact precautions. For their health, the health of our staff and the health of our community, people coming into the room must wear isolation gowns and gloves and clean their hands upon leaving the room.


We promote hand hygiene.
Since Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) is mostly spread through hand contact, we promote best practices for hand hygiene. All nursing staff must complete Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) learning modules on hand hygiene. The MOHLTC also has a program called Just Clean Your Hands which we actively promote at York Central Hospital.  


We clean rooms twice per day.
York Central Hospital works hard to manage the spread of Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Our staff conduct twice-daily room cleaning for patients who are on contact precautions. We also pay special attention to items that were worn by our staff while in the patient’s room and equipment used in that environment. Our cleaning staff are well-trained and are dedicated to keeping our hospital clean and safe for our patients.


We have increased the number of handwashing stations.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed in all main lobbies and in the halls on patient floors throughout the hospital. This increases the number of opportunities for our staff to practice hand hygiene.


We educate our staff.
YCH offers ongoing sessions on Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), hand hygiene and infection control practices in our hospital. We also promote best practices regarding handwashing routines and we post brochures, leaflets and reminders throughout the hospital.


We have an active Infection Control Committee.
Our infection control professionals monitor Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) rates to promote hand hygiene to promote effective infection control practices that adhere to provincial, national and international best practice recommendations.

Mackenzie Health / 10 Trench St. Richmond Hill, On. L4C 4Z3 / Richmond Hill Line: 905-883-1212 or Vaughan Line: 905-832-4554 / TTY Service: 905-883-2123