CDC models drug-resistant infections and C. difficile growth
“Antibiotic resistant infections in healthcare settings are a growing threat in the United States, killing thousands and thousands of people each year,” CDC Director Dr. Tim Freiden said. “We can dramatically reduce these infections if healthcare facilities, nursing homes and public health departments work together to improve antibiotic use and infection control so patients are protected.”
The model shows how these illnesses will increase without an immediate, nationwide improvement in antibiotic prescription and infection control.
“We must transform our public health response to turn the tide,” Dr. Beth Bell, director of CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said. “The coordinated response this Vital Signs report describes is a forward-looking approach. The President’s FY 2016 budget would accelerate efforts to strengthen our response and improve antibiotic stewardship in health care facilities.”
To further arrest the spread of such infections, medical professionals recommend that families pay special attention to hygiene.
“Patients and their families may wonder how they can help stop the spread of infections,” Michael Bell, M.D., deputy director of CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, said. “When receiving healthcare, tell your doctor if you have been hospitalized in another facility or country, wash your hands often and always insist that everyone have clean hands before touching you. Ask your healthcare providers what they and the healthcare facility in your area do to coordinate with others to protect you and your family from an antibiotic-resistant or C. difficile infection.”