Lethal "superbug" still at the forefront of CDC concerns

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 20, 2013

A lethal germ found in hospitals and healthcare facilities called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has been overpowering antibiotics and could possibly be the beginning of the end of antibiotics, according to the CDC.

Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities nationwide and the germs have become resistant to nearly all the antibiotics available today. Collective global action is required to handle the “catastrophic threat” of antimicrobial resistance, which in 20 years could see patients dying following just a minor surgery, according to a report from the U.K.’s chief medical officer.

By following the guidelines laid out by the CDC, providers can halt infections from this “superbug” before they become widespread. In addition, the CDC has issued a comprehensive CRE Prevention Toolkit, which provides guidelines for physicians and nurses, hospitals, long-term care hospitals, nursing homes, and health departments.

View more information on CRE here.