CDC releases new guidelines to reduce drug-resistant infections

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidance to prevent the spread of drug-resistant infections. The guidance calls for adequately funding and staffing prevention programs, and carefully tracking infection rates and related data.

The guidance, Management of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Healthcare Settings, aims to halt the rising rates of drug-resistant infections by calling on healthcare providers to make comprehensive infection control programs a priority. It was released Thursday.

Other recommendations include: promoting best-practices with health education campaigns to increase adherence to established recommendations, and designing robust prevention programs customized to specific settings and local needs.

The guidance can be seen at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp.