By Shepard Ambellas
‘Hospitals have a lot of work to do, preparing for this’, says report
(INTELLIHUB) — A new study confirms that a superbug, known as CRE, has increased five-fold in recent years at U.S. hospitals.
Shockingly, it is also believed that the numbers of cases are under reported and the epidemic may be worse than thought.
An except from the JSTOR study titled Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology reads:
We believe community hospitals in our network have much more work to do to prepare for and respond to CRE. Specifically, 2 focus areas must be developed to prevent CRE transmission: infection control and improved laboratory detection. Hospitals must be vigilant to limit person-to-person transmission. The CDC has outlined basic strategies to decrease transmission, including hand hygiene, contact precautions, healthcare personnel education, limitation of medical device use, patient and staff cohorting, laboratory notification strategies, antimicrobial stewardship, and CRE active screening.6 Of note, hospitals in our network have had significant difficulty implementing these recommendations because of resource limitations. No community hospitals in our cohort have yet adopted active surveillance programs for CRE. Finally, microbiology laboratories in these hospitals must make every effort to switch to the new carbapenem breakpoints. For example, all of the hospitals that did not detect a single CRE also did not adopt the new breakpoints. Thus, we remain skeptical that CRE are indeed absent from these hospitals. The inability to detect and control CRE makes in-hospital transmission more likely and could further drive the increasing trend and lead to hospital outbreaks.
Moreover, another report details how a superbug known as MRSA has hit firehouses in Washington State adding yet more concern.
About the author:
Shepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.