Prevention and control of carbapenemase-producing organisms at a regional burns centre

L. Teare, J. Myers, A. Kirkham, T. Tredoux, R. Martin, S. Boasman, A. Wisbey, C. Charlton, P. Dziewulski

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In many parts of the world, carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) are endemic. The transfer of medical patients from such countries to the UK requires us to have control systems in place to avoid onward transmission. This report describes the experience of a regional burns centre challenged by its first four cases of CPO in two separate incidents. Key learning from our experience was the importance of CPOs being considered in empirical antibiotics for any patient from an endemic area. Using contact plates, we demonstrated high bacterial counts after cleaning and we describe a terminal cleaning strategy along with the importance of continuing staff engagement and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Burns
  • Carbapenemase-producing organisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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