What is CRE?
What is CRE, it is an infectious disease more commonly found in medical and hospital settings, including elder care facilities. It is important to take safety measures to protect residents and healthcare workers from all forms of infectious disease, including staph, MRSA, VRE, C-Diff and CRE.
According to the CDC – CRE, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is a family of germs that are considered difficult treat due to an increased level of resistance to antibiotics. E. coli is an example of a CRE infection. Usually healthy people do not get infections. The risk is increased in healthcare and nursing home settings due to people who require ventilators, urinary catheters, or intravenous catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of antibiotics are at the greatest risk. Here is a link to more resources in Facilities / Settings.
More Information About CRE Infections
Many people enter elder care facilities and although family members and staff are familiar with the risks associated with falls, medication errors, sexual assault, they may not be as aware of the risks associated with infectious disease and the reasonable measures to be taken to reduce the likelihood of exposure and transmission.
There are state and federal regulations which pertain the standards of care for residents for infectious disease and other infections such as UTIs, pressure sores, and post-surgical wounds. Make sure that the facility caring for your family member is following infectious disease protocols, such as ensuring cleanliness using bleach and other disinfections, use of gloves, masks, special linen protocols and other measures to reduce the spread of infections, and measures to reduce further spreading such as closed wings of the facilities, etc.
If someone you know acquired an infectious disease in a nursing home or other care facility due to a failure to follow protocols for reducing the risk of infectious disease, I recommend you file a complaint with the Department of Health also contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for more information on the rights of injured residents of nursing homes and their families. Mr. LaBore can be reached at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at Ken@MNnursinghomeneglect.com