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What is the superbug CRE?

You may have seen recent media coverage about superbugs in hospitals. The antibiotic resistant bacteria that has been mentioned is CRE (Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae) and is usually found in the bowel or in a wound, without symptoms. An antibiotic resistant bacteria such as CRE is very rare and usually only found in patients that have received medical treatment overseas.

People who are carrying CRE are at a higher risk of developing a serious infection when they have an operation, taking multiple antibiotics and receiving hospital based treatment such as urinary catheters, ventilators or an IV. Most people don’t know they are carrying CRE and may never develop a serious infection. If a doctor thinks you may have been infected with CRE they can complete a simple test to be sure.

The single most effective way to prevent the transmission of CRE and other bacterial infections is to always wash your hands after the toilet and always before preparing food.

See the Better Health Channel's antibiotic resistant bacteria page for more information.



RMH celebrates past, present and future of research

Two clinician-researchers working on pioneering treatments for stroke and blood cancers were named joint winners of The Royal Melbourne Hospital Research Medal.

New drug trial gives hope to type one diabetes sufferers

Melbourne medical researchers believe an anti-cancer drug may hold the key for people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The world’s best health research on our doorstep

Melbourne Healthcare Partners Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre, led by Melbourne Health, has been recognized as one of the world’s best for using medical research to improve patient care by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

New study “game-changer” for stroke treatment worldwide

A landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine today heralds a new era in stroke treatment across the globe.

The Doherty Institute congratulates Professor Anne Kelso, named as the CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Professor Anne Kelso, currently the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Professor Kelso will succeed Professor Warwick Anderson in the prestigious position.

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New smoking bans No smoking at The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Smoking is not permitted on the grounds of and within four metres of Victorian hospitals and registered community health centres. We ask for your support - we care about your health. Please don't smoke here. For more information visit Department of Health Victoria.

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