Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Recent cases and outbreaks of antibiotic resistant organisms, including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), extremely-drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), and carbapenemase-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), have shown that antibiotic resistance represents a serious threat to public health.  These organisms are associated with high mortality rates and have the potential to spread widely.  They also represent a significant burden to the health care system.  To address this major public health threat, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), in collaboration with many partners, has convened the Indiana Antibiotic Resistance Advisory Committee. 
Health care providers and hospital administrators will receive a survey via Survey Monkey in the coming weeks to measure knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding aspects of antibiotic resistance.  Responses to this survey will provide data to describe antibiotic resistance in Indiana and allow the committee to identify priorities.  We look forward to your active collaboration as we strive to mitigate antibiotic resistance in Indiana.  For additional information on management of multi-drug resistant organisms in healthcare settings, visit http://1.usa.gov/12sCPip.    
Please see attached letter.
William C. VanNess II, MD
State Health Commissioner

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