Nursing Program in Los Angeles
Do you know about the invisible healthcare crisis happening across hospitals in the US?
Antibiotic resistance isn't just a problem in the meat we eat...
Read more to find out about these antibiotic-resistant bacteria!
1. "CDC says..."
Check out this fact on the official CDC Facebook page: "Patients can get serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which are often caused by antibiotic-resistant germs."
6 urgent or serious antibiotic-resistant threats, plus C. difficile, can cause HAIs.
50% of one common deadly HAI is currently being prevented.
1 in 4 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs are caused by six resistant bacteria in certain kinds of hospitals.
2. The Dirty Truth
These six bacteria are among the most deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, identified as urgent or serious threats by CDC:
- CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae),
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ),
- ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (extended-spectrum ß-lactamases),
- VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci),
- multi-drug resistant pseudomonas, and
- multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter.
3. What can YOU do?
If you are a healthcare provider, to prevent infections and their spread, also improving antibiotic use:
- Follow recommendations for preventing C. difficile and infections that can occur after surgery or related to single-use catheters placed in the body.
- Follow recommended actions with every patient every time.
- Isolate patients when appropriate, and know antibiotic resistance patterns in your facility/area.
- Prescribe antibiotics correctly.
- Get cultures, start antibiotics promptly, and reassess 24-48 hours later.
- Know when to stop antibiotic treatment.
If you are a patient and/or a family member of a hospitalized patient, you can prevent infections and their spread by doing the following:
- If you have a catheter, ask daily if it’s necessary.
- If you are having surgery, ask your doctor how he/she prevents infections.
- Insist that everyone clean their hands before touching you.
- Clean your hands often.
- Explore the Hospital Compare tool for HAI data
- Ask if your antibiotic is necessary and what is being done to improve antibiotic use and protect patients.
4. Spread the Word, Not the Germs!
Show your support and use #UnitedforPatientSafety this week (March 13-19)!
"Every day is Patient Safety Day"
"United for Patient Safety is an ongoing education and engagement campaign that works to bring together diverse organizations with a commitment to patient safety and the general public to learn more about the topic, start important dialogue, and take action for improved safety conditions."
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