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DROP-CRE Network

Drug Resistant Organism Prevention and Coordinated Regional Epidemiology

Petri dishes and lab workerDROP-CRE is a unique public-academic partnership whose primary objective is to detect and contain carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales in Oregon.

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The goals of the DROP-CRE Network are to:

  • Assess the needs and capabilities for response
  • Coordinate statewide CRE education
  • Develop laboratory capacity for rapid detection of carbapenemases
  • Provide outbreak assistance, and
  • Establish surveillance for CRE.

The network has conducted surveys of laboratories, infection preventionists, and long term care facilities and has provided education through presentations, webinars, and the Oregon CRE Toolkit (pdf). The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory has increased capacity for rapid detection through testing for carbapenemases by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Carba-NP. The network provides assistance with response to individual CRE cases and outbreaks, and the Public Health Division has made CRE reportable by state law to institute ongoing surveillance.

The DROP – CRE Network working group is composed of representatives from Oregon Health and Science University, Portland VA Medical Center,  Oregon Public Health Division, and the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. Other collaborators include regional laboratories, regional hospitals, and the Oregon Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC).

Reports, Tools and Information


*Note: The data in these reports are based on pre-2014 case definitions.