8 Steps to Fight against Emerging Drug-Resistant Bacteria
The scary news is that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently identified an emerging threat in hospitals and healthcare facilities from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), deadly pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections. CREs are resistant to almost all drugs and have been associated with high mortality rates – up to 40 or 50 percent in some studies.
The good news is that many states are actively working to prevent CREs from spreading within their healthcare facilities. The CDC is even calling out two states that are making real progress in the fight against this threat: Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Click through to see what your state is doing to prevent healthcare-associated infections.
Further good news: prevention is effective! You can read more about Coverall EVS for Healthcare® Program to learn how Coverall partners with environmental services to reduce the risk of infection.
The CDC suggests 8 easy core measures facilities should follow for prevention and control of CRE.
- Hand Hygiene
- Contact Precautions
- Healthcare Personnel Education
- Minimizing Use of Devices
- Patient and Staff Cohorting
- Laboratory Notification
- Antimicrobial Stewardship
- CRE Screening
To view the full slide show from ICT on preventing CRE infections, click here.
To read the whole article from Infection Control Today, click here.