Today, a growing number of infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant germs. In fact, these resistant germs cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. In a new video, “CDC Vital Signs—Making Health Care Safer: Stop the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance,” CDC spotlights how antibiotic-resistant germs are spreading between healthcare facilities, even those that are practicing infection control and antibiotic stewardship.
By adopting a coordinated approach, where multiple facilities in an area work together to improve infection control, enhance stewardship activities, and share information, we can reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs and protect patients from infections that are difficult—or even impossible—to treat with antibiotics.
CDC’s August 2015 Vital Signs report shows that by working together in a coordinated effort healthcare facilities and health departments in a targeted area could prevent up to 70 percent of life-threatening carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections over five years.