CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) infections come from bacteria that are normally found in a healthy person’s digestive tract. When a person is receiving serious medical care (for example, involving urinary catheters, intravenous catheters, or surgery) these bacteria can end up where they don’t belong—for example in the bladder or blood. Because these bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, these infections are very difficult to treat.
Recent outbreaks of CRE linked to contaminated duodenoscopes have been reported in U.S. healthcare facilities. The following resources may assist healthcare facilities in preventing infections associated with duodenoscopes.