Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, CRE, is the new super-bacteria putting healthcare systems on full alert. Infamous for its resistance to most commonly used and readily available antibiotics, CRE infections are very difficult to treat and can even lead to death, which is why St. Barnabas Health System is taking preventive measures against the bacteria.
Since CRE is most commonly spread through person-to-person contact, hand sanitizers and extra cleanliness precautions are an effective way to prevent spreading the bacteria. “Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the outbreak and spread of CRE, so here at St. Barnabas Nursing Home we have added more hand-cleansing stations for our nursing professionals,” said Administrator Angie Borgo.
Although CRE is not a new bacterium, it is becoming more common. The Center for Disease Control reports the spread of CRE has increased over the past decade with hospitals in 42 states now reporting infections. “To prevent the spreading of bacteria, such as CRE, we also monitor our patients to track if there is an outbreak pattern,” said Borgo.
CRE infections most commonly occur with patients requiring ventilators, catheters, intravenous catheters and long-term antibiotics. CRE is not common among healthy people. For more information visit www.StBarnabasHealthSystem.com.
About St. Barnabas
St. Barnabas Health System is Pennsylvania’s largest health care concern of its kind. In its 113th year, St. Barnabas is like no other – diverse and expansive – meeting the needs of young retirees through those who require hospice. St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes four retirement communities, three living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, and a community outpatient medical center. Providing $4.5 million in free care annually, St. Barnabas engages in innovative methods to raise money for its Free Care Fund such as The Jackie Evancho award in its Kean Quest Talent Search, The Kean Theatre, The Crystal Conservatories, Rudolph Auto Repair and Beautiful Buys. For more information on St. Barnabas visit www.StBarnabasHealthSystem.com.