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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, is a family of germs that includes common species like E. coli and Klebsiella Pneumoniae. Often, these germs are found in the gut. But, it can spread like an infection. To fully understand what CRE is, it’s important to understand what carbapenems are. These are antibiotics that are used to treat serious infections, usually as a last resort. As their name implies, CRE are resistant to these drugs, sometimes making treatment very difficult.
As mentioned above, CRE are resistant to our most powerful antibiotics. That means if they spread from person to person, they could cause something of an epidemic. Fortunately, with enough time, doctors can find an antibiotic that is effective against the CRE, as fully resistant germs are rare. However, if waiting is not an option, there are other treatments available.
In general, people who are in good health aren’t affected by CRE. It is those who have chronic health problems that are at the most risk. For one, those who are sick generally have a weaker immune system, which allows CRE to thrive. And secondly, a common way CRE are spread is through medical equipment like ventilators or catheters. If one person is affected, it can spread to people who come in contact with that person’s wounds or stool.
CRE infections are a somewhat new problem. This is because as we as a society sanitize everything more and more and use more antibiotics, the germs that survive become “superpowered.” They develop enzymes that prevent the antibiotics from damaging or killing the germ itself. As such, CRE are becoming a more prevalent issue.
The main epicenter for these infections is California. There has been one major outbreak at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in 2015. It left two dead, five infected and at least a 200 others at risk. CRE have been cropping up in other parts of the nation as well.
If you were treated at a hospital like UCLA where CRE infections have cropped, a few things will happen:
Unfortunately, treating a CRE infection can be quite difficult. In fact, it has a 50 percent mortality rate. The best thing you can do is listen to every instruction your health care provider gives and follow it to the letter. There are new treatments emerging from the CDC, but they are still in the experimental stage. These, combined with traditional treatment, could be your best bet.
You should also get in contact with an experienced attorney. More often than not, CRE infections are associated with a medical procedure. That means the hospital staff may have done something wrong and caused it. An attorney can examine your case and help you figure out the next steps to take.Contact Us
At Ernst Law Group, we have decades of combined experience handling medical malpractice and even wrongful death cases. We know how difficult this time can be, and we want to make it as easy and simple as possible for you and your loved ones to get the representation you deserve. The Ernst Law Group is prepared to take on lawsuits on behalf of CRE victims and their families, as we are currently accepting new cases. Call today for a free consultation.