Place local health agency or healthcare facility logo/information here Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) and other Carbapenemresistant Organisms (CRO): Protecting Yourself—Protecting Others You have been diagnosed with (Genus and species):___________________________ Resistant to the following antibiotics:________________________________________  This germ is also called CRE, which stands for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales or CRO which stands for carbapenem-resistant organism. This type of germ lives in our intestines, skin, or other body sites and can cause infections when it gets into the wrong part of the body.  When these germs become resistant to strong antibiotics they are very hard to treat. CRE and CRO bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics and are dangerous when they spread in health care settings.  Even after being treated for a CRE or CRO infection, you may still carry the germ in your intestines for many months. This is called “colonization” and means you might still pass it on to others.  Healthy people usually don’t get CRE or CRO infections. People most at risk for infections from CRE or CRO are those who are weakened due to underlying medical conditions, surgery, or age, and patients who are taking antibiotics for a long time. What can I do to prevent spread to other people? Now that you have been diagnosed with CRE or CRO:  Be sure to notify health care staff every time you go to a medical visit, hospital, nursing home, or dialysis clinic. Bring this paper if you need help remembering the name of the bacteria.  You must be in “contact precautions” while in health care facilities. This means that medical staff will use gowns and gloves when caring for you.  Wash your hands with soap and warm water before eating or preparing food, after using the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before and after changing wound dressings or bandages. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. This is good advice for everyone.  Make sure your caregivers wash their hands before they care for you. They should also wash their hands after contact with wounds, helping you use the bathroom, after cleaning up stool, and before and after handling medical devices (e.g., urinary catheters). Gloves should be used for possible contact with body fluids or blood. For more information, ask your health care provider or see June 2021 DOH 420-101

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