CPE contacts quick reference guide for HCW
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Enterobacterales are a type of Gram-negative bacteria (germ) which normally live in our bowel. In some people these germs are resistant to a class of antibiotic called carbapenems, and these resistant germs are called Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales# (CPE). Carbapenems are antibiotics that are used as a last resort when patients have serious infections that are resistant to most other treatments. CPE can live harmlessly in the bowel but can cause infection if introduced into normally sterile sites such as the bladder or blood.
CPE is a notifiable disease in South Australia; refer to notifiable disease reporting web page for information on the notifiable process.
Contact screening and alerting recommendations have been detailed in the following Quick Reference Guide.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) Consumer information sheet.
Infection control recommendations for patients with CPE have been detailed in the following Quick Reference Guides.
For further information on prevention of healthcare associated infection, contact SA Health's Infection Control Service.
# previously known as Carbapenemase-producing Enterbacteriaceae