CRE in Now In the United State
The CDC has been anxiously watching the emergence of the latest superbug in the Mid East. Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE, or NDM-1) is a disease that not only has a reported 50% death rate, it is also resistant to the "Drug of Last Resort" (a group of antibiotics known as carbapenems). All this fulfills the worst nightmare of any medical center. CRE is in the same bacteria family as E Coli and Klebsiella. Unfortunately, CRE is drug resistant, and there may be no reliable treatment for this disease.
Recently, CRE showed up at Lutheran General Hospital in Burr Ridge, IL affecting 44 patient. Like most bacteria, CRE is not airborne, but highly infectious and hard to kill. This bacteria pass through the intestinal tract meaning that it is pretty much a hospital-prone disease where other patients can pass it along. And prior to last year, the largest outbreak the CDC had seen was 10 cases found in Denver.
CRE infections most commonly occur among patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators (breathing machines), urinary (bladder) catheters, or intravenous (vein) catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for CRE infections.
Bleach is the common sanitizing agent in most hospitals, which is clearly not working as hoped. The reason is that the strongest bleach solutions treat only for the period of application which might be 10 minutes. What about the other 23 hours and 50 minutes when infections can pass unmolested? This is where the concept of antimicrobial surface treatments (AST) have their greatest value.
BioZone Protectant is the leading version of the antimicrobial surface treatments. When used in tandem with Peroxy Shield, the two-fold effect is impressive. Peroxy Shield is a hydrogen peroxide sanitizer that can kill C Difficile, E Coli, and Klebsiella in just two minutes. This EPA registered product is also a water-based solution that produces not VOCs like bleach or chemical residue. BioZone Protectant is applied after the Peroxy Shield to provide more than three months of germ inhibiting protection.
With medical resources running out, perhaps it is time to consider a better system of sanitizing. Peroxy Shield and BioZone Protectant offer the kind of infection control that is needed for any public facility.