G_IPC_43 Guidance on Management of Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

Bacteria from the family Enterobacteriaceae live harmlessly in the gut, but can cause significant infections when they get into the wrong place. It is a very large family of Gram negative bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enterobacter cloacae. They can cause a broad range of infections from uncomplicated urinary tract infections, through to overwhelming sepsis.

These guidelines are to be used by all staff and applied to all patients treated by LCHS, in particular those at risk or known to be carrying CPE.

Although designed for CPE, these guidelines are also applicable for the control of other carbapenemase producing organisms, for example carbapenemase-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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