Centers for Disease Control report SUPERBUGS in U.S. Hospitals is killing people already hospitalized for other conditions. CRE, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, is bacteria resistant to standard antibiotic treatment for infection. This identified superbug is killing up to one of every two patients once infected.
Hospitals and long-term care facilities in 42 states are the settings where CRE has been detected. To date, it is confined to medical facilities. Health care professionals are concerned CRE may not be able to be contained and could spread to communities. Questions that must be answered include:
- 1. What is CRE?
- 2. How is CRE Spread?
- 3. What can people do to protect themselves?
What is CRE?
CRE is biological gang warfare taking place in the human body. It is the result of bacteria developing resistance to standardized antibiotic treatment for infections. It is the equivalent of gangs, infections, becoming stronger and better armed than law enforcement professionals to the extent law enforcement, antibiotics, has little to no effect in crime prevention or enforcement; treatment and cure.
How is CRE Spread?
CRE spreads by antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria joining other forms of bacteria traveling throughout the circulatory system. It hitchhikes on floating DNA as its travels from body system to body system infecting as it travels.
An infected person, as floating DNA, travels from New York to Tokyo on a plane infects all persons he or she casually touches skin to skin during the 12 hour flight. 100 are touched, infected, through the casual contact. After landing, the 100 touched, now infected, catch connecting flights throughout Asia. Once in the circulatory highway system of the human body, CRE attacks the brain, lungs, kidneys, and other organ systems.
What can people do to protect themselves?
To date, the CDC reports that CRE has only been detected and diagnosed in hospitals and long term care facilities. Avoid treatment in these settings as much as possible. If surgical procedures are scheduled, review with facility health care professionals; the protocols, measures, and actions in place to protect you from exposure.
Hand washing and clean instruments are important to prevent the spread of CRE. Require personnel who must touch you to wash their hands in your presence if that will help you feel more secure with care you receive. If the CDC finds these prevention activities important to minimize the potential spread of CRE in hospitals; you should, too.
For more information on CRE, visit the Centers for Disease Control Online.