Do not forget to communicate any positivity to alert* microorganisms in the patient health records (hospital discharge letter or document related to the patient transfer to another facility).

The indication of a positivity to alert microorganisms in the discharge letter or document related to the patient transfer to another facility is a fundamental piece of information for the following proper patient management both at home or in another health facility. Knowledge of a patient positive to an alert microorganism allows health professionals, GPs, and family members themselves to take appropriate precautions and to use the most suitable antibiotics.

* Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Meropenem and / or Imipenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumonia, Clostridium difficile, and other Enterobacters, Meropenem and / or Imipenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, Meropenem and / or Imipenem-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vancomicina-resistant Enterobacters (VRE).

Sources

1. Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Management of Multidrug- Resistant Organisms in Healthcare Settings, 2006.
2. Guidelines for the Control of Multidrug- resistant Organisms excluding MRSA in the healthcare setting; Royal College for Physicians of Ireland, 2012.
3. Canterbury Guidelines for the Control of MDRO; review 2014.

Attention. Please note that these items are provided only for information and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a clinician. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their clinician.