CDC Twitter Chat to Focus on Healthcare-Associated Infections

Director Dr. Thomas Frieden will be joined by two other experts March 25 to discuss the rising threat posed by CRE and other types of infections.

CDC officials are backing up their recent warning about drug-resistant germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, by offering a March 25 Twitter chat about the larger topic of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), which includes CRE, which is causing more hospitalized patients to get infections that can be impossible to treat, according to the agency.

Most of these infections are preventable. They include staph infections, Clostridium difficile, bloodstream and urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Joingin Frieden in the one-hour chat starting at 2 p.m. EDT will be Dr. Michael Bell, acting director of CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, and Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs in CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. To join the conversation, follow Frieden on Twitter @DrFriedenCDC and use the hashtag #CDCchat to participate.

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