The chance of developing an infection after surgery is about 1-3%. However, with antimicrobial resistance on the rise, many infections are becoming more and more difficult to treat.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their second Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States report. Overall, the scope and burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is greater than previously estimated in 2013.
Transmissible CRE infections have been recognized for the last two decades. The first major documentation of CRE occurred in Okazaki, Japan, in the 1980s. Today, CRE infections tend to be most common in India and Southeast Asia.
Fundamentally, doctors are blind without diagnostic tools. “It’s like looking for someone in a cave without any light,” says Dr. Mark Miller, Chief Medical Officer at bioMérieux. “You have no idea where you are.”