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CDC Campaign Targets Patient Care in Hospitals
Online tools available to protect against spread of CRE infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a launched a vigorous effort to curb infections from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections. The new initiative, called “Detect and Protect,” recommends lab tests to alert clinical staff when CRE has been detected and offers facility-level prevention strategies to curb the spread of the highly antibiotic-resistant germs. The bacteria has the capacity to transfer that resistance to other bacteria, but CDC believes its new campaign can keep it from becoming a serious public health threat.

“We have the positive news that places that have implemented our recommendations have been able to drastically reduce their number of cases,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a press briefing last month. “We know it’s a serious problem, but we also know it’s a problem that we can stop.”

CDC’s online campaign components are designed to help health care providers with on-site implementation of the detect and protect strategies, including a complete CRE toolkit and a CRE Vital Signs Report.