Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE); CDC Calls For an Ounce of Prevention.

Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE); CDC Calls For an Ounce of Prevention.

Ben Franklin Picture - Ounce of PreventionLast week, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) came out with its Vital Signs Report. In it, the CDC called on the entire healthcare community to halt the spread of deadly bacteria. The matter is very serious as data shows that more and more patients suffer infections from bacteria that are resistant to nearly all antibiotics. I think Ben Franklin said it best: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In this case, there isn’t a pound of cure since many of these lethal infections are impossible to cure.

Patients are not the only ones in danger, healthcare workers, family members, and the general public can all be infected with, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), the latest family of bacteria that is increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics. CRE is common in other parts of the world as well. Israel recently employed a coordinated effort in its 27 hospitals and dropped CRE rates by more than 70%! Several facilities and states in the U.S. have also seen similar reductions.  All of the healthcare facilities that utilize the SteraMist technology have seen a reduction in HAI’s. It is vital for our healthcare facilities to understand the importance of finding effective solutions to aid them in the implementation of the CDC’s “detect and protect” strategy and stop these infections from spreading.

You can find the complete press release here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0305_deadly_bacteria.html

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