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New intranet site for information on Providence response to CRE outbreak

Published March 16, 2015

Over the past month, various media outlets have reported on outbreaks of a highly drug-resistant bacteria known as CRE (Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae). The outbreaks have been associated with a specialized endoscope called a duodenoscope, commonly used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). It is believed that design of the duodenoscope makes it difficult to clean thoroughly. This type of endoscope is used at many Providence and affiliate hospitals. To date, there have been no reported cases of CRE at Providence or affiliate hospitals. To ensure the continued safety of our patients, a clinical focus group has been formed to help provide system-level guidance on key topics related to CRE and other multidrug resistant organisms. A CRE intranet site has been created to ensure that all caregivers have quick and easy access to the most recent information. Learn more