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C. difficile

Home Acquired Infections

September 1, 2016

Hospital acquired infections regularly make the news, but what about “home acquired infections”? Past research has shown that different tricks work to help prevent different diseases: -Running a humidifier can help prevent flu transmission -Keep a distance from anyone with the flu, some strains spread only with close transmission (to animals than human to human). […]

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Half Clean, Or Half Dirty?

August 14, 2015

Even if you’re an optimist, you’ll probably be upset to learn that only an estimated 50% of your hospital room is cleaned. It’s not just soft surfaces that are a problem, either. It’s toilets, tray tables, hand rails, and light switches, among other things! And while HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) are the big concern (not […]

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Since at least the year 2000, C. difficile has been a growing problem—increasing its resistance to antibiotics and spreading not just around the US but the world. Now we are fighting it on multiple fronts. A heavy hand is being used to encourage hospitals to reduce C. diff infections under their roofs—those who haven’t made […]

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Severe diarrhea in children can be fatal, and that’s what happens when they get a difficult to cure C. difficile infection. Adults usually get C. difficile from hospital stays, but kids (1-17) are getting them from their antibiotic prescriptions. Kids are one of the groups who are overprescribed antibiotics—parents are more likely to take a […]

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C. Difficile Infection Tracked

December 11, 2012

Clostridium difficile has become one of the scarier hospital acquired infections as the bacteria has been developing antibiotic resistance since it appeared. New research using different samples and evaluating the genetic changes has tracked how the infection spread. One strain started in the US and quickly spread to Europe, another (the harder to treat one) […]

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