March 18, 2013

Superbugs: Should You Be Worried?

By Logan Lafferty

Though the germs are spread by person-to-person contact, it’s very unlikely that they would cause an infection in an otherwise healthy individual…That said, if you happen to go to the hospital, make sure to ask any doctor or nurse who touches you to wash their hands, Herrera says. It sounds like a simple request, but it’s also the best defense against the spread of CRE. It’s also a good idea to request that any IVs or catheters not be left in any longer than necessary, since these can be portals for bacteria, says Priya Sampathkumar, MD, of the department of infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic.


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Tags: catheters, CRE, Dr. Priya Sampathkumar, germs, Immunology, infection, Infectious Diseases, IVs, Patient Care, Prevention, superbug

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