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General questions and answers about the Ontario release of VRE information

 

Question: What exactly is being tracked and reported?

Answer: The indicators being publicly reported are cases of VRE defined as a patient identified with laboratory confirmed bloodstream infection with Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). A blood stream infection is a single positive blood culture for VRE.

 

Beginning December 30th, each hospital will post its quarterly rate and case count of VRE bacteraemia acquired in their facility on their website. The first reporting period will cover the months of September, October and November.

 

At the end of each quarter, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will report the previous quarter's data on its website (www.ontario.ca/patientsafety) by hospital site including:

  • the number of new hospital-acquired VRE bacteraemia cases. Where the number is zero (0) or totaling five (5) or more associated with that hospital site, the number will be posted. If the number is less than 5 cases (i.e. 1 to 4 cases), it will state "<5 cases," and
  • the hospital acquired VRE bacteraemia rate.

Question: What will our hospital do if our rate is high?

Answer: If we identify a high rate of VRE in our organization, we will review our infection prevention and control practices to make sure that they align with the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) best practices.

 

In addition, we would review our environmental cleaning practices to ensure that we are following the PIDAC best practices. We would also consult with our local public health unit to identify any further action that is required.

 

Question: Why is it not useful to compare hospitals' VRE rates?

Answer: The public reporting of Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) rates is not intended to serve as a measure for hospitals to compare themselves against other organizations, or for the public to use as a measure of where to seek care. Rates can vary from hospital to hospital, month to month. Some hospitals may experience higher rates of VRE due to the nature of the care they provide and their patient population, such as those with higher elderly patient populations. What the public reporting adds and ensures is that all hospitals are tracking and counting in the same way.

 

This is not for comparison purposes, but rather for accountability. Our posting of the data on our website confirms York Central Hospital's commitment to public accountability and transparency. A further benefit is that hospitals with similar demographics and challenges can more easily learn from one another and share tips and strategies.

 

It is important to remember that rates at many hospitals will vary from quarter to quarter. In a smaller facility, there is a greater chance that variation in a hospital's VRE counts will impact the hospital's rate. This is because a change in even one case in a small facility will cause the rate to go up or down considerably.

 

Question: Who can I contact to learn more about VRE?

Answer: If you would like more information about Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), please contact:
York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.

 

Mackenzie Health methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRE) rates

Reporting Period

Case Count:

Rate per 1,000 patient days:

October 1 - December 31, 2016 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2016 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2016 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2016 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2015 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2015 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2015 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2015 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2014 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2014 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2014 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2014 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2013 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2013 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2013 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2013 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2012 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2012 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2012 0 0.0
January 1 - March 31, 2011 0 0.0
October 1 - December 31, 2011 0 0.0
July 1 - September 30, 2011 0 0.0
April 1 - June 30, 2011 1 0.03
January 1 - March 31, 2011 1 0.03
October 1 - December 31, 2010

0

0.0

July 1, 2010 - September 30, 2010

0

0.0

April 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010

0

0.0

January 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

0

0.0

October 1 to December 31, 2009

0

0.0

July 01 to September 30, 2009

0

0.0

April 01 to June 30, 2009

0

0.0

Jan. 01 to Mar. 31, 2009

0

0.0

Oct. 01 to Dec. 31, 2008

0

0.0

 

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