CDC Report: Stop Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

With an increasing number of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) (such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) and Clostridium difficile, it is crucial that healthcare facilities, including long term care facilities, implement effective antibiotic stewardship programs and infection prevention and control measures.

In a special report issued as part of its “Vital Signs” series, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, however, single-facility intervention mechanisms are not sufficient to curb resistance - coordination and communication between healthcare facilities is key.

Patients often transfer between healthcare facilities such as hospitals, long term acute care facilities, and nursing homes. In order to protect patients and reduce the spread of infection, facilities must coordinate their efforts by sharing information, connecting with public health departments, and achieving leadership commitment for HAI and resistance prevention. Enhanced coordination and communication could allow for improvements in the preparation, treatment, and control of MDRO infections.

Public health officials also play a major role in facilitating interaction and communication between healthcare providers. According to the CDC, state and local health departments can identify healthcare facilities in the area, learn how each facility handles infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship, and dedicate staff whose main responsibility is to improve connections between healthcare facilities. Public health officials can also contribute to the effort by working with the CDC to access data and identifying potential MDRO threats in the area and state.  

To read the report, click here.