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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Infection

Due to the movement of patients throughout the healthcare system, if CRE are a problem in one facility, then typically they are a problem in other facilities in the region as well. Regional approaches to controlling these organisms are important especially when they first are recognized in a region.

Health Care Facilities Should:

  • Require and strictly enforce CDC guidance for CRE detection, prevention, tracking, and reporting
  • Make sure their lab can accurately identify CRE
  • Promote antimicrobial stewardship
  • Recognize these organisms as important to patient safety
  • Understand their prevalence in the facility and in the region
  • Identify colonized and infected patients in the facility and ensure precautions are implemented
  • When transferring a patient, require staff to notify the other facility about infections, including CRE.
  • Participate in regional and facility-based prevention efforts designed to stop the transmission of these organisms
  • Notify health departments of outbreaks

Steps Clinicians Should Take


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