Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales

Enterobacterales is the name given to a family of bacteria that normally lives in the bowel. Carbapenemases are enzymes (chemicals) made by some strains of bacteria that prevent carbapenem antibiotics from working against the bacteria. Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE) are Gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to most types of antibiotics.

In 2017, the Commission produced Recommendations for the control of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) - A guide for acute care health facilities 2017 to support health service organisations in preventing and containing CPE infections. The guide recommend strategies to prevent, detect and contain CPE.

The Commission is currently reviewing the recommendations for the management and testing of patients with CPE to ensure consistency with the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

The Commission has also developed the following information sheets on CPE for patients and clinicians: