Local hospital group has reported 18 cases of the CPE superbug this year

The local hospital group has reported 18 cases of the CPE superbug this year. The RCSI Hospital Group which includes Cavan General Hospital, Beaumont and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, reported 18 cases of the superbug from the start of the year until the end of October.

CPE which is carried in the bowel and can cause blood stream infection in the elderly and those with low immunity, is difficult to kill with antibiotics. According to the latest data from the Health Service Executive, there was one case of the CPE superbug every day this year.

97 cases were reported in Tallagh Hospital from the start of the year, while 47 cases were reported in the East Hospital Group and 39 were found at the University Hospital Group. The head of the HSE Tony O’Brien has warned that new superbugs are leading to avoidable deaths in hospitals across the state and could undermine the sustainability of the entire healthcare system if not tackled.