In what ways do you prevent the risk of an infection with bacteria containing NDM-1?
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Can infections with bacteria containing NDM-1 be prevented?
The risk of person-to-person spread of NDM-1 infection can be reduced by practicing good hand hygiene. This includes washing or disinfecting hands after using the bathroom and before preparing food. In hospitals, patients with suspected NDM-1 infections should be placed in a private room and cover gowns and gloves should be used by health-care personnel. Other barrier methods should be used if contamination is likely (for example, eye protection if splashing is possible). Strict hand hygiene should be observed. Hospitals should ensure that their laboratories are equipped to test for carbapenem resistance and hospital infection-control programs should review resistance patterns regularly.
To reduce the risk that NDM-1 will develop in bacteria, it is important to use existing antibiotics wisely. Carbapenem antibiotics should only be used when bacteria are resistant to older agents. Antibiotics should always be dosed appropriately.