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Making health care safer : stop spread of antibiotic resistance

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      We’re at a tipping point: an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them. Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics and lack of infection control actions can contribute to drug resistance and put patients at risk for deadly diarrhea (caused by C. difficile). Even if one facility is following recommended infection controls, germs can be spread inside of and between health care facilities when patients are transferred from one health care facility to another without appropriate actions to stop spread. Lack of coordination between facilities can put patients at increased risk. Now more than ever is the time for public health authorities and health care facilities to work together, sharing experiences and connecting patient safety efforts happening across the state. Health care facility CEOs/administrators can: • Implement systems to alert receiving facilities when transferring patients who have drug-resistant germs. • Review and perfect infection control actions within your facility. • Get leadership commitment to join healthcare-associated infection (HAI)/antibiotic resistance prevention activities in the area. • Connect with the public health department to share data about antibiotic resistance and other HAIs. • Make sure clinical staff have access to prompt and accurate laboratory testing for antibiotic-resistant germs. CS258101A
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