‘Nightmare’ Bacteria Spreading in Nursing Homes, Hospitals

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Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. About 18 percent of long-term acute care hospitals and about 4 percent of short-stay hospitals in the United States had at least one CRE infection during the first half of 2012, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Health Care Providers Can:

  • Know if patients in your facility have CRE.
    • Request immediate alerts when the lab identifies CRE.
    • Alert the receiving facility when a patient with CRE transfers, and find out when a patient with CRE transfers into your facility.
  • Protect your patients from CRE.
    • Follow contact precautions and hand hygiene recommendations when treating patients with CRE.
    • Dedicate rooms, staff, and equipment to patients with CRE.
    • Prescribe antibiotics wisely.
    • Remove temporary medical devices such as catheters and ventilators from patients as soon as possible.


Recommended Guidelines

The CDC’s 2012 CRE Toolkit provides CRE prevention guidelines for doctors and nurses, hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and health departments. It gives step-by-step instructions for facilities treating patients with CRE infections and for those not yet affected by them.