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CDC - Patient information about CRE - HAI

CDC - Patient information about CRE - HAI

02/19/2013 09:41 AM EST

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Related MedlinePlus Page: E. Coli Infections


Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Infection

CRE infections are most commonly seen in people with exposure to healthcare settings like hospitals and long-term care facilities, such as skilled nursing facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals. In healthcare settings, CRE infections occur among sick patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines), urinary (bladder) catheters, or intravenous (vein) catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are among those at risk for CRE infections.
Some CRE bacteria have become resistant to almost all available antibiotics and can be deadly—one report cites they can contribute to death in 40% of patients who become infected.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information about CRE

Patients should:

  • Expect all doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after touching your body or tubes going into your body.
  • Clean their own hands often, especially:
    • Before preparing or eating food
    • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • Before and after changing wound dressings or bandages or handling medical devices
    • After using the bathroom
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Ask questions. Understand what is being done to you, the risks and benefits.

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