With regard to a recent NBC News article about in a Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Houston Hospital, Dr. Matthew Samore at the University of Utah Health is available to speak about Klebsiella pneumoniae, Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Clostridium difficile, and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA). He recently published a paper in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease that examined effective prevention strategies to stop the spread of CRE in long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
Dr. Samore is the Chief of the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Internal Medicine and the Director of the Informatics, Decision Enhancement, and Analytic Sciences (IDEAS) Center at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. One aspect of the IDEAS Center is to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and decrease the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Samore focuses on developing simulations and models to assist epidemiologists and policy-makers in the evaluation of alternative strategies to prevent HAI and decrease antibiotic resistance.