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by Beacon Health Staff
March 12, 2012
|CDC Issues Press Release Regarding Clostridium Difficile
commonly referred to as C-diff, is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and
other health issues. In the past, we have associated this infection with
hospital stays. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now warns
that it is a patient safety concern in all types of medical settings, which
would include homecare.
C-diff is linked to about
14,000 deaths every year and these deaths are preventable. Most at risk are
people who take antibiotics and receive care in any medical setting. Nearly
half of the infections occur in people under the age of 65, but over 90 percent
of the deaths occur in people 65 and older.
the CDC, clinicians should adhere to the following six steps to prevention:
and use antibiotics carefully. About 50 percent of all antibiotics given
are not needed, unnecessarily raising the risk of
for C-diff when patients have diarrhea while on antibiotics or
within several months of taking them.
patients with immediately.
gloves and gowns when treating patients with , even during
short visits. Hand sanitizer does not kill C-diff, and handwashing
may not be sufficient.
room surfaces with bleach or another EPA-approved, spore-killing
disinfectant after a patient with C-diff has been treated there.
a patient transfers, notify the new facility if the patient has a C-diff infection.
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