The Hanover and District Hospital is implementing new measures to reduce the risk of (CPE) also known as carbapenemase producing enterbacteriacea which is a dangerous and hard to treat bacteria.
Although there have been no reported cases of CPE in the Hanover and District Hospital, other hospitals in the province have not been so fortunate and have been plagued by this bacteriam.
In a proactive move, the Hanover and District Hospital is implementing new policies, procedures as well as some structural infrastructure changes to prevent and minimize the spread of CPE.
CPE is a multi drug resistant bacteria, the mortality rate is approximately 50 percent for patients suffering with serious invasive infections.
Unlike C-Diff or MRSA which only involves tracking one type of bacteria, CPE is a large group of bacteria making it much harder to treat and beat.
In a proactive move, HDH’s safety practitioners have been working closely with front line staff and the maintenance department to mitigate the risk of CPE.
-developing policy and protocols for screening patients, as well as
completing additional testing for at risk patients.
-aerators are being changed on all taps to avoid contamination during hand
-all new sinks must have the drain off-set feature to the faucet to avoid
-ongoing education regarding CPE for all staff.
From an infrastructure standpoint, drains can serve as a reservoir for this bacteria creating an opportunity for transmission to hospital staff and patients in the event of splashback.
Across Ontario, Howes notes that hospitals have had to remove significant amounts of plumbing in an effort to combat CPE.
Howes hopes HDH’s new proactive measures will go a long way in mitigating the hospital’s risk of contracting CPE.
Patients most at risk are those how have been hospitalized outside of Canada or have been previously identified to have CPE infection or colonization.