Monday, March 11, 2013

Residents at Risk of Deadly Bacteria

The CDC continues to spread word regarding a 'nightmare bacteria' that is spreading in hospitals and other care facilities throughout the nation. The bacteria (Carbapanem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae - CRE) kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them, according to the press release. During the first half of 2012, about 18 percent of LTC facilities treated a patient with a CRE infection during that time. The bacteria are noted to be increasingly resistant to antibiotics and can be spread easily, including from the hands of health care personnel. AHCA has updated its Clinical Practices website with specific health alerts regarding the CRE bacteria. Facilities should take extra precaution when caring for a resident or patient who has come into contact with the bacteria. CNN has also reported on the spread of the bacteria.

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