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CRE & Our Hospital Curtains

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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are a family of pathogens that are very difficult to treat because they have a high resistance to antibiotics. 

By way of explanation - Enterobacteriaceae are a large family of gram-negative bacteria, which includes pathogens such as E.coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.  Carbapenem are a class of antibiotics, often considered a ‘drug of last resort’.

The genetic make-up of the Enterobacteriaceae allows them to produce enzymes which are able to break down the carbapenem (antibiotics) and make them ineffective, meaning that the bacteria can become antibiotic resistant.  This phenomenon has also been reported as occurring in the Pseudomonas pathogen as well.

Healthy people do not usually get CRE infections, however, in a healthcare or medical setting the prevalence of CRE infections has become a major concern with particular focus on long-term or acute patient care areas.  As with all prevention strategies and outbreak control practices, infection control is paramount.

For you reference, our Endurocide® Antimicrobial & Sporicidal Hospital Curtains have been tested according to International Standards and are shown to be highly effective against:

  • E.coli
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

This is an important selling tool to highlight when speaking with Infection Control Managers, as the prevalence of CRE is a world-wide issue.

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In the meantime, two useful articles for your reference on this topic are: