There’s a growing epidemic of C. diff infections today affecting the elderly and/or people who are longtime users of antibiotics that treat prolonged illnesses or conditions. “C. diff” is short for Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria which cause colitis, or inflammation of the colon.
Clostridium difficile produces spores that are difficult to eliminate. It is easily spread when people touch surfaces, items or materials that have been contaminated with feces, then proceed to touch their mouths or mucous membranes. Infectious outbreaks are all too common in healthcare facilities among patients who are exposed to contaminated surfaces and healthcare workers. Vigilant facility hygiene standards to prevent bacterial outbreaks are critical to patient safety.
Proper facility hygiene standards in the health care industry is essential in preventing C. difficile outbreaks.
Dr. Julio Guerra, MD, FAAP has outlined some important information about Clostridium difficile infection outbreaks, including:
C. diff Symptoms
C. diff Transmission
C. diff Treatment
|The CDC has provided an educational graphic document that includes additional information on Clostridium difficile.|
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