Inadequate measures to prevent and control transmission of CPE can have serious consequences for both patients; who may require more complex treatment to manage their infection, and hospitals in terms of ward closures and protracted patient stays. CPR has been the subject of a stage 2 NHS England Alert and remains an issue of great concern and high priority. Our work to date has assessed strategies for CPE control, including national screening and isolation recommendations and has provided economic analyses of the impact of outbreak control in the NHS. Research also demonstrated that antimicrobial consumption data can provide a potential tool for forecasting emergence of CPE and how routine NHS data can be used for effective surveillance.

Our own local CPE screening guidelines have been developed based upon our research findings which found that serial screen to not improve CPE detection. Our recent work has shown that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are commonly acquired outside of hospital settings which highlights the need for prevention methods within the community.

Examination of the ICHT 2014/2015 K. pneumonia blaNDM outbreak revealed that two-thirds of isolates were colistin resistant as the result of a chromosomal mutation. This again has influenced the local microbiology laboratory which has subsequently performed an extensive evaluation of current colistin susceptibility testing methods to identify appropriate protocols. Members of the team are currently contributing to a national advisory group review of gram-negative resistance treatment and definition guidelines.


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