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ICU Management

C. diff Colonisation and Risk for Subsequent Infections

2015 18 Aug

According to Johns Hopkins researchers, patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for Clostridium difficile infection were at risk for developing subsequent C. difficile infections. Their finding is reported in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology . “Importantly in this study, colonisation with toxigenic C. difficile on admission... Read more

ICU Management

'Good' Bacteria Could Fight Hospital Infections

2015 07 May

A new study published in JAMA has shown that drinking a non-toxic strain of Clostridium difficile bacteria could help reduce the incidence of recurrent infection caused by the toxic strains of the bacteria. C. difficile is the most common cause of healthcare-associated infection in U.S. hospitals. Recurrence occurs in 25 to 30 percent of patients,... Read more

Executive Health Management

Hospital Readmissions Twice as Likely for C. Difficile Patients

2015 01 Apr

A study published in the latest issue of the American Journal of Infection Control reports that Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) doubles hospital readmission rates and lengths of stay for infected patients. C. difficile causes inflammation of the colon, and diarrhoea associated with the microbe can be life threatening. CDI risk increases with... Read more

IT Management

e-Nose Sniffs Out Superbug C. Diff

2014 04 Sep

A rapid and sensitive electronic nose that sniffs out the highly infectious hospital superbug C. diff (clostridium difficile) has been developed by scientists at the University of Leicester in the UK, according to a Medical News Today report. C. diff is a highly infectious bacterium that causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps and high temperature. The... Read more