On August 4, CDC released a new Vital Signs report highlighting how to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance. The report includes modeling that predicts increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. Antibiotic-resistant germs, those that no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them, cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.
In addition to tangible steps local health departments can take, the report recommends a coordinated, two-part approach to turn this data into action, which includes the following:
- Public health departments should track and alert healthcare facilities to drug-resistant outbreaks in their area and the threat of germs coming from other facilities, and
- Healthcare facilities should work together and with public health authorities to implement shared infection control actions to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs and C. difficile between facilities.
NACCHO’s Executive Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck also provided a local perspective about the challenges of fighting super bugs and steps to take to fight back in an August 4 article in USA Today. Read more