The control of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in acute care facilities
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
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The control of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in acute care facilities

Presenter Cheryl Dezotti, Nurse Education Consultant - The Nurses for Nurses Network

Cheryl Dezotti is a Director and Nurse Education Specialist at the Nurses for Nurses Network. Cheryl co-created and administers this Network to provide an online platform for Nurses to meet their continuing professional development requirements. She is also the editor, and major contributor, of the Nursing News Blog associated with this Network.

Cheryl’s varied and interesting career highlights include clinical experience in acute surgical, medical, and renal dialysis. The completion of her Master’s degree in Quality in Health Care led to senior management roles in both the acute and aged care sectors, the later leading to her appointment as a Nurse Advisor and Administrator with the Department of Health and Ageing. Cheryl has worked extensively in the field of education in a number of healthcare and university settings.

Cheryl has a passion for wound care and has lectured widely on the subject in both Australia and internationally. This passion has led her to author a wound assessment book as well as creating a post graduate wound care course. Cheryl’s aim is to make a difference to the recipients of health care and she believes that a positive outcome for the patient can only be achieved if Nurses keep up to date with best practice guidelines and their practical application in the workplace.  

Course Content

CPE presents a threat to public health. CPE are members of the Enterobacteriaceae that are resistant to carbapenems, a class of ‘last resort’ antibiotics for treating serious infections.

The first documented outbreak of CPE in Australia, in  2012 had 10 cases and a mortality rate of 40%. An increasing number of CPE cases have been identified in Australia since 2012. This session focuses on the current recommendations to control the spread of   CPE in Australian Acute Care facilities.  

The Guideline Recommendations for the control of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), A guide for acute care health facilities, published by Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in 2017 forms the basis of this session.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Receive an overview of the current incidence of  carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in Australia
  • Attain knowledge of workplace practices to assist with the control of  CPE in acute care facilities
  • Become aware of the specific screening and surveillance practices for CPE
  • Learn the key steps in the recommended CPE outbreak management process