Friday, March 25, 2011
Blaming the health care worker: KPCs in Ireland
Mike has written before about the dangers of this adversarial approach to infection prevention, so I won't belabor the point. However, when the authorities state that they are already doing everything right since MRSA and C. diff prevention efforts are all you need to control KPC, I get a bit worried. There is no evidence that this one-size-fits-all approach works for infection prevention. Yes, compliance with infection prevention is important, but there must be other approaches besides punishing the health care worker that will protect our patients.
The larger problem is that little to no research funding is available to study the epidemiology and optimal prevention methods for Gram-negative (or Gram-positive) bacteria. Before we blame the health care worker, perhaps we could ask why there is almost no funding for infection prevention research and implementation and why there are no new antibiotic classes in the pipeline. You do get what you pay for...