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New Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Toolkit Available

New Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Toolkit Available

020516 CREThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an updated version of their facility guidelines for control of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in December 2015. CRE, which are highly transmissible bacteria, have become resistant to almost all drugs, making its control a national priority.

The updated toolkit includes a modified surveillance definition as well as additional guidelines for contact precautions in post-acute care settings. This version of the toolkit has also been updated to specifically target healthcare facilities, excluding ambulatory care facilities and assisted living facilities and nursing homes that “don’t provide more than long-term custodial care.”

Some highlights from the 2015 update:

  • The surveillance definition has been updated to include resistance to any carbapenem antibiotic (imipenem, meropenem, doripenem or ertapenem) or documentation that the isolate produces a carbapenemase.
  • The toolkit describes setting specific interventions, including additional details about situations in which certain interventions may be more important.
  • Contact precautions are included on pages 8-10.
  • Environmental cleaning and inter-facility communication were added as intervention measures.

Click here for the full version of the toolkit.


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