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​​​​​​​​Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi. It is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. Antimicrobial resistance is present in all parts of the world, and new resistance mechanisms emerge and spread globally (World Health Organization Fact Sheet N. 194, 2015).

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), and Clostridium difficile are three bacteria commonly found in Canadian hospitals. They can cause symptoms ranging from asymptomatic colonization to septic shock and death.

You can successfully reduce superbug transmission with these five evidence-based infection-control strategies:

  • Establish an aggressive hand hygiene program
  • Clean and decontaminate the environment and equipment
  • Implement contact precautions for any patient infected or colonized with a superbug
  • Perform MRSA and VRE screening surveillance on admission and at other times
  • Regularly report superbug infection rates to frontline and hospital leaders
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