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Coordinated data-sharing could cut “superbug” infections in half

August 5, 2015
by Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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On August 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report recommending a coordinated approach to data sharing to reduce the incidents of spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria when patients are transferred from one facility to another.

Sharing data with a central public authority, which would distribute the information, would improve detection of infections and save lives.

In a study published in the CDC’s monthly publication Vital Signs, researchers focused on four of the most aggressive pathogens: Clostridium difficile (C, diff), carbapenum-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

The White House has asked Congress to allocate $130 million for the CDC to coordinate healthcare facilities in 50 states to work together to detect and prevent infections caused by antibiotic-resistant germs, reports the Washington Post.

“Facilities can’t do it alone,” said Dr. John Jerrigan, a CDC official and senior author of the study. Part of the CDC's budget request includes funding to support state surveillance and lab investments to implement this coordinated approach

 

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