What makes it different from other Candida infections?
WHAT IS IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OUR PATIENTS?
What is it?
How common is it?
How can you tell it apart from other fungal infections?
Who is at highest risk?
- A potentially deadly fungal infection often contracted in the hospital
- It is resistant to most antifungal medications and can live on treated hospital surfaces for weeks
- Universal precautions with every patient. Wash hands when entering and exiting all patient rooms
- Encourage patients and families wash their hands after all interactions
- Learn your patient's history ESPECIALLY history of fever and recent antibiotics
- Visit https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/candida-auris/
How do we stop it from spreading?
- Patients with compromised immune systems
- Patients in intensive and critical care units
- Candida auris is contracted by coming in contact with contaiminated surfaces. Anyone coming in contact with a potentially contaminated surface is at risk
- Candida auris is suspected after a patient has unresolved chills and fever after being treated with antibiotics
- Candida auris must be confirmed by a lab culture
- It has been seen in increasing numbers in NY and NJ since first discovered in 2009.
- 101 cases diagnosed in NY and NJ in 2018