SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

APIC creates report to track CRE infection

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology announced on Monday that it created a summary of states that reported cases of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in order to track the deadly organism.

CRE was placed in the "urgent" classification by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Antibiotic Resistance Threats report released Monday. CRE was called a "nightmare bacteria," causing death in approximately half of patients with a CRE bloodstream infection.

Forty-four states have reported confirmed CRE cases to date. The APIC report shines light on how states are confirming, tracking and reporting CRE cases.

The report also links useful information from government websites to help in the fight against CRE. APIC will update its report as new information becomes available.

Keeping track of the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is a key component to combating the grave health risk germs such as CRE pose. It is estimated by the CDC that more than two million people fall ill each year from antibiotic-resistant infections, causing 23,000 deaths each year.

The APIC's mission is to help make the world a safer place by preventing infection. More than 14,000 members belong to the organization, creating safer hospital and other healthcare facilities nationwide.