As if we don’t have enough problems with healthcare and safety (and just in time for Patient Safety Week) the CDC is warning of a new superbug that is killing hospital patients in 42 states.
(Although – maybe not so new. I actually wrote about this nosocomial infection in 2011 – calling it CRKP, Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. According to the CDC, CRKP is a strain of CRE. )
No matter what initials you use to refer to them, they stand for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. The infection is fatal in 1 of 2 patients who acquire it, and there is almost nothing that can fight it.
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