Entries in C. Difficile (20)

Friday
Mar112016

CDC Reports 1 in 7 Hospital-Acquired Infections Now Caused By Antibiotic-Resistant Super Bugs

One in every 25 patients develops an infection during a stay in a hospital and many of these hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. “Chilling” and “deeply concerning” is how Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, describes the new Vital Signs report outlining the prevalence of hospital infections.

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Sunday
Aug302015

Multiple strain associated with the worst cases of C. difficile infections

No single genetic strain of the widespread Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) bacteria appears to be any more harmful than other strains, according to new research published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

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Tuesday
Aug042015

Hospital-acquired infections kill tens of thousands of Americans every year

You go to the hospital to get better. But too often, the opposite happens. Recent estimates show that every year 648,000 people develop infections while in the hospital. Nasty ones, too, that may not be treatable with antibiotics and that prove fatal for 75,000 hospital patients.

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Sunday
Jul262015

The disgusting bacteria lurking on the bottom of your shoes

The easiest way to stop germs from getting in your house is to leave your shoes at the door. A new study found 40 percent of shoe soles contain the bacteria C. difficile.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Mortality risk greater in children with severe C. difficile, chronic conditions

Certain chronic comorbidities and more severe infection were associated with a higher mortality risk among children with Clostridium difficile infection, according to recent data.

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Thursday
Jun252015

Acid Suppression Medications Up C. difficile Risk in Children

Use of acid suppression medication is associated with increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in infants and children, according to a study published online June 9 in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Thursday
Jun252015

Superbug c. difficile linked to five deaths at Nottingham (UK) hospitals

A superbug was linked to the deaths of five patients over a 12-month period, according to figures from an NHS Trust in Nottingham. The number of cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) increased by a quarter, from 90 to 113, at the Queens Medical Centre and City Hospital.

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Sunday
May242015

Study says patients infected with Clostridium difficile are twice as likely to be readmitted 

Patients infected with C. difficile either upon admission to the hospital or during their stay are twice as likely to be readmitted within 30 days as those not infected with the bacterium, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Wednesday
May062015

Hospitals support antimicrobial stewardship, but practice falls short

An overwhelming majority of lead infection control coordinators at hospitals see the need for antimicrobial stewardship, yet nearly half of their facilities do not regularly use such practices to help prevent Clostridium difficile infections, according to a recent study.

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Sunday
Mar012015

Onions imported from US suspected of bringing deadly strain of superbug to Australia 

ONIONS imported from the US are suspected of bringing a deadly strain of superbug into Australia. The highly virulent strain of Clostridium difficile (C-diff), a spore-forming bacterium which causes severe diarrhoea and is resistant to many antibiotics, swept through Europe and the US before arriving in Australia in 2009.

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